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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.     
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Real Housewives of Orange County's Alexis Bellino Checks Into General Hospital


 

Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino revealed on Twitter she will soon be moonlighting over at General Hospital. Okay, Frank and Ron, y'all are on your own in defending this one! Bellino tweeted:
 
 

 
No word on when Bellino will make her debut, or who she will mix it up with.

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