DC #583: Soap Scribe-turned-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Showrunner Dave Rupel Talks GL’s Last Days and Previews Beverly Hills “Wives”!

He was with CBS Daytime’s embattled soap opera Guiding Light as a writer, up until the bittersweet end. He even walked the picket lines as a Strike Captain for the sudser, as well as ABC Daytime’s General Hospital, during the 2007 Writers Strike. Now Dave Rupel is back this week with the premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the latest in Bravo’s line of successful docusoaps. Rupel, who serves as an executive producer and showrunner on the new series, premiering Thursday Oct. 14 (check your local listings), chats with Daytime Confidential about what it was like at GL during those lean, final years.

He shares his thoughts on the now-infamous change of Guiding Light’s production model. Was it a network-mandated decision or did Guiding Light’s last executive producer Ellen Wheeler make the call? Speaking of Wheeler, what did Rupel think of his experience working with the controversial actress-turned-producer?

Rupel also speaks out on why so many fans of continuing drama are now getting their "soap fix" from reality television. The man who helped create the flagship The Real Housewives of Orange County, and worked on such shows as Temptation Island and Big Brother U.K., as well as penning scripts for General Hospital, offers insight soap fans aren’t generally privy to. He also provides soap opera writers with a viable option for future employment, as more and more reality producers look to soap writers. Then he takes us into the world of what could be the most glamorous Real Housewives ever! It’s an interview soap fans and reality lovers alike won’t wanna miss.

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5 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Suz4th

    Thank you Dave Rupel and thank you DC for this podcast. As a decades-long Guiding Light viewer who loved the show right up to the end, I was appreciative of any proactive measure the show took to try to keep it on the air. I got used to the production model, and at times actually loved it. All the negativity heaped on the show in its waning days was dismaying to a fan like me who just wanted to enjoy the show while it was still on the air. It was SO refreshing to hear positivity. Thanks, guys, for doing the interview!

  2. Profile photo of sodsince16

    That was fascinating!

    I loved hearing your interviewee’s perspective. At first, I thought he was going to have provide penance for his soap work. But, when he admitted to have listening to the podcast things took a turn and we really heard another take on the Wheeler era.

    IN the end, I don’t think Frons, Wheeler, Blume or any of the other execs hate soaps and want to ruin them. It is usually just a case of too many cooks, desperation over a dwindling audience, and the pressure of trying to continue a daily show over the coarse of more than 40 years that spoil the soaps.

  3. Profile photo of Dariclone

    Thank you for this wonderful interview, gang! That certianly opened up my eyes to quite a few things. Watching reality shows doesn’t have to be my “giilty p;easure” anymore than watching soaps does. We may getting more reality shows than scripted drama, but that’s more networks not wanting to buy scripted stuff then anything ese. I really hope that there will be a resurgence in soaps and if actors need to take paycuts so that can happen, so be it.
    I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch Beverly Hills but after the dish it sounds good,

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