5 Reality Series Inspired By Daytime Soap Operas

No. 4:  The Real Housewives franchise

If there was every any doubt that Bravo's megahit Real Housewives franchise draws mad inspiration from daytime suds, it was squelched when the cabler's development veep Andy Cohen published his memoir, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture. The Housewives wrangler and Watch What Happens Live host's tome is one big love letter to Susan Lucci and her All My Children character Erica Kane!

While Cohen may love him some La Lucci, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills executive producer Dave Rupel (who was also an executive producer on the flagship The Real Housewives of Orange County) actually wrote for daytime suds General Hospital and Guiding Light. Where else but daytime television would these chaps have gotten the idea that having well-heeled, bejeweled women scratching one another's surgically-lifted eyes out would make for lucrative TV?  

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Dirty soap sucked balls except for kristen's real life and Farah cussing up a storm. Too scripted

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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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There was a time when I thought that reality TV was not scripted...now I know better.