Kardashians, E! network sign new reality show deal

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Television personalities Kim Kardashian Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner arrive at the grand opening of the Kardashian Khaos store at the Mirage Hotel & Casino December 15, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ethan Miller

From left, Kendall Jenner, Rob Kardashian, Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian Odom, Kim Kardashian, Bruce Jenner, Kris Jenner and Kylie Kardashian of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."
E! Entertainment

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - TV viewers will be able to keep up with the Kardashians for three more years.

The E! Entertainment network said Tuesday it had reached a deal with its most bankable franchise to make three more seasons of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

Pictures: Kim Kardashian
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Terms were not disclosed, but TMZ reports the famous family will get more than $40 million, citing sources connected with the deal.

The sixth season of the show averaged 3 million viewers on Sunday nights, the cable networks' top series. Five of the 10 most-watched shows in the network's history, in fact, involved the Kardashians. The 18-episode seventh season begins on May 20.

E! said the entire family is covered by the deal: Kim, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian Odom, and Bruce, Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner. E! will continue to have the first crack at any spin-off projects.

E! has turned the Kardashians into a mini-empire, with spin-off series like "Kourtney and Kim Take New York" and "Khloe and Lamar." Although E! retains the first right to these spinoffs, Tuesday's deal does not specify how many more will be made.

The network would also not say whether musician Kanye West would be included in the series. West and Kim Kardashian have been seen together lately amid reports that they are a new couple.

Kim's elaborate wedding - and brief marriage  -  to basketball player Kris Humphries was a highlight of E!'s programming last fall. The network had to put out a statement denying rumors that the wedding was orchestrated for TV.

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