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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