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.