5 Reality Series Inspired By Daytime Soap Operas

No. 2: Starting Over

Almost a decade ago, Universal Domestic Television (later NBCUniversal Television) launched the first unscripted daytime soap opera. From the late Mary-Elise Bunim and Jonathan Murray came Starting Over. The series chronicled the lives of women as they attempted to rebuild their lives with the help of life coaches like Iyanla Vanzant.

Bunim, who previously worked as an executive producer on Search For Tomorrow, As The World Turns, Santa Barbara and Loving, had found major success partnering with Murray for MTV's The Real World franchise. Although short-lived (2003-06), Starting Over proved to be critically-acclaimed and was even nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.




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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.