Hulu has ordered a new reality series based on the TikTok royal family – Charli, Dixie, Marc, and Heidi D’Amelio – apparently hoping to capture some of it Keeping up with the Kardashians made for E! back in 2007.
D’Amelio exhibition is an eight-part documentary series that follows the four family members as they go about their daily lives. Check out TikTok dance, TikTok drama, meetings with officials all over Hollywood, and the types of goofs who worked for other reality shows that followed popular families. It will resume sometime in 2021.
For the D’Amelio family, this is just another project they are adding to their list, which includes podcasts, a YouTube channel, advertising, TV specials and more. Like the Kardashians ahead of them, the D’Amelios see an opportunity to create an empire out of their recent fame. Charli, for example, has more than 100 million followers on TikTok – the most anyone on the app. For Hulu, however, D’Amelio exhibition an essential addition to its line of reality shows and documentary series on which the climber banks.
“D’Amelio exhibition joins our ever-growing slate of docuseries about human experience and we are thrilled to partner with the D’Amelio family to give viewers a realistic view of a multi-faceted life. These two resilient young women integrated to the top of the social media algorithm, Belisa Balaban, vice president of documentary programming at Hulu, said in a press release.
Just recently, Hulu announced that it has signed a major contract with the Kardashian family for new content (no Maintaining, which called the family ending). Hulu also has reality shows Taste the country with Padma Lakshmi, Eater’s Guide to the World, and the upcoming series Next thing you eat from David Chang and Feise Planet by Cara Delevingne.
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Having the most popular TikTok family also available in a series that is exclusive to Hulu helps arm the ever-growing content; an area in which Netflix has also invested heavily over the past two years as the genre grows successfully. With Discovery Plus launching in a few weeks, it will give Hulu some space to compete in the docuseries and real TV fields, which Discovery (TLC, Food Network, HGTV) owns.
Whether or not D’Amelio exhibition going up as a cultural success that is Keeping up with the Kardashians the earlier seasons depended on whether people want to see D’Amelio’s family in a longer, space-driven report instead of just 60 seconds at a time on their phone.