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.     

Jenna Gering on Dirty Soap’s Future: “Not Being Picked Up”

Bad news soap fans. Dirty Soap's Jenna Gering announced via Twitter the show will not return for a second season. Gering, wife of Days of Our Lives' Galen Gering tweeted:

Such a shame. Now where am I going to see the show's breakout star, and Nadia Bjorlin's, mother Fary go in on people?

Abtastic Drama Continues on Dirty Soap

Drama, drama, drama and more drama, that’s what you can expect on Sunday's episode of Dirty Soap on E! The latest sneak peek at the Dirty Soap season teases New York fashion week and the relationship struggles of  Brandon Beemer and Nadia Bjorlin.

Meanwhile, Bjorlin’s mother Fary isn’t sure what a six-pack does for a woman. When will John-Paul Lavoisier put a ring on Farah Fath's finger? What is up with Kirsten Storms? Is Kelly Monaco too skinny and will Galen and Jenna Gering be able to get pregnant? Watch the Dirty Soap sneak peek after the jump!

Regis and Kelly Publicist: “I’m Glad The Soaps Are Over”

Talk about kicking soap fans when they're down. Live With Regis and Kelly's PR rep Brittany Forgione rejoiced on Twitter about how happy she is All My Children was replaced by The Chew. The publicist tweeted:
Watching @TheChew right now on ABC. Looking good...and yummy. I'm glad the soaps are over.