5 Reality Series Inspired By Daytime Soap Operas


When it comes to reality series being inspired by daytime soaps—such as ABC's proposed reality version of General Hospital it's really a situation of been there, seen that. For the past two decades, unscripted television has borrowed heavily from scripted, serialized daytime dramas. In fact, they've done so with the help of veterans of the daytime soap community! Here are 5 reality series with strong ties to the daytime soap world.

No. 5:  Dirty Soap

In 2011, E! debuted this unscripted drama from producers and All My Children alums Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Featuring suds stars: Kelly Monaco (Dancing With The Stars, General Hospital, Port Charles), Kirsten Storms (General Hospital, Days of Our Lives)  Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Brandon Beemer (The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives), John-Paul Lavoisier (One Life to Live), Farah Fath (One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives) and real-life married couple Galen Gering (Days of Our Lives, Passions) and his wife Jenna, DS only ran for one season.

The series did manage to create a new breakout star in Bjorlin's mean-as-hell mama Fary. It also shed light into why Storms and Fath often vacillate back and forth between friends and frenemy status.     


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    @Jamey Giddens: The Real World was definitely the most soapy of them all. Each season they produced a popular couple, a villain, a vixen, a heroine and a touched on a social issue. It was like combining Agnes Nixon’s ability mix in a relevant social issue with the drama’s of cast of characters from diverse social, economic and racial backgrounds.

    Nothing beats though Puck as the best villain ever during the SF season where HIV-positive AIDS educator Pedro Zamora was bullied by him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0xGB4Ivp8

    My favorite popular couple came from the Las Vegas season with the African American pairing of Alton and Irulan. That was a first for the series.

    I also liked David (from New Orleans season) as the Jerk! “come on be my baby tonight!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ5sbrHSq0E

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