"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" has already claimed five spots among E!'s top 10 most watched telecasts in the network's history. Now, with a new season debuting on May 20, will Kim introduce boyfriend Kanye West on camera to keep ratings soaring?
"The next season shows Kim, after her devastating split with soon-to-be ex-husband Kris Humphries, get even closer to her family," a source close to Kim tells me. "Kourtney is getting ready for the arrival of a baby girl, and Khloe is dealing with reports that she might not be the biological daughter of Robert Kardashian. But all 18 new episodes were shot before Kim started dating Kanye."
Over the course of this season, E! says viewers will get a firsthand look at mom Kris and Bruce Jenner's marriage problems (Bruce feels taken for granted). They'll also watch the three sisters work together as businesswomen to move their original DASH boutique from Calabasas, Calif., to Hollywood.
"It was hard for Kim to shoot this season under so much stress, but everything is caught on camera," a friend of Kim's tells me. "You see her start to heal and believe in herself again. The reason this show is such a hit is that the entire family tells the truth on camera about what is going on in their lives."
Will that truth include a cameo from Kanye when the tight-knit bunch begin filming next season?
"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" returns Sunday, May 20, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT only on E!.
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 27: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries attend the Amber Fashion Show held at the Meridien Beach Plaza on May 27, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian are seen shopping at Petco on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kim Kardashian on the set of her new fragrance commercial on July 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Kim Kardashian celebrates her bachelorette party at TAO Nightclub at the Venetian on July 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (WireImage)
Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attend Kim Kardashian's bachelorette dinner at TAO Bistro at the Venetian on July 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: (L-R) TV personalities Lamar Jr., Lamar Odom, daughter Destiny, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian arrive at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries, and Brody Jenner attend the Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne Spring 2012 fashion show during Style360 at the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NBA player Kris Humphries (L) and TV personality Kim Kardashian attend a welcome party for newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries hosted by Colin Cowie and Jason Binn at Capitale on August 31, 2011 in New York City.
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: Kim Kardashian attends Heidi Klum's 2010 Halloween Party at Lavo on October 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Event honoree, Kim Kardashian speaks on stage at the 2011 Game Changers Awards at Skylight SOHO on October 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian are seen on location for 'Kourtney and Kim Take New York' aboard a Gray Line New York bus on the streets of Manhattan on November 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Kim Kardashian and Gabriel Aubry attend a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: (L-R) Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian promote their new book 'Kardashian Konfidential' at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 30, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Kim Kardashian and NJ Nets player Kris Humphries leave Barneys on January 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Kim Kardashian sends 'I Love You' hand signals to NJ Nets player Kris Humphries during the Utah Jazz vs New Jersey Nets game at the Prudential Center on January 19, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Kim Kardashian arrives at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: Kim Kardashian hosts Valentine's Day at Marquee nightclub at the Cosmopolitan on February 14, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02: (L-R) TV personalities Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian arrive at Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Galen Center on April 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 11: Kim Kardashian hosts the launch of Midori Melon Liqueur trunk shows at Trousdale on May 10, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)