According to Fox News, talk show host Kelly Ripa (of Live With Regis and Kelly) and her husband Mark Consuelos are moving into the world of reality TV, producing a new series that focuses on the soap opera lives of daytime TV stars.
Ripa and Consuelos, have previously produced several TLC series through their partnership, Milojo Productions.
Supporting soap stars is of particular interest to the couple, who both started their careers in the medium, meeting and falling in love while they were appearing together on the venerable daytime soap All My Children.
Although the show has aired five days a week for over forty years on ABC, the channel announced earlier this year that All My Children was going the way of other soaps and would be going off the air in September 2011. Then it was sold by ABC, which says the show will now become a web broadcast. No reports yet on which stars will stay once the series moves online.
The new Ripa-produced series, Dirty Soap, focuses on six daytime stars who are juggling their own "real-life drama" while grieving the death of the medium and dealing with the impact it has on their careers.
Hopes that one of the stars on Dirty Soap might be the irrepressible Susan Lucci, who has played Erica Kane since All My Children first premiered 41 years ago, were dashed when Soaps.com announced that the series will star Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe on Days of Our Lives), Kelly Monaco (General Hospital's Sam, known to reality TV viewers as winner of Dancing With the Stars season one), Kirsten Storms (Maxie on General Hospital), Farah Fath (One Life To Live's Gigi) John Paul Lavoisier (Rex on One Life To Live and Fath's real life boyfriend), and Galen Gering (Days Of Our Lives Rafe).
Still, I'm looking forward to watching these soap stars get Dirty and hoping Lucci and other actors of her caliber will find new avenues for their talent post-soap operas. Heads up reality TV producers: their skills could be put to good use in reality TV, a genre that's often felt like the love child of modern soaps and turn of the century melodramas.
I'm also still eager to see what someone like Lucci really can do after being associated with one character and one show for so many years. And she'd bring the kind of high drama that a good reality series needs.
Learn more about the Dirty Soap stars.
Dirty Soap will premiere on E! September 25th. Will you be watching?
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