5 Reality Series Inspired By Daytime Soap Operas
No. 3: Laguna Beach
It should come as no surprise that one of the most beloved and successful executive producers in daytime soap opera history helped launch one of MTV's most popular series of all time. When the creators of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County wanted to soap up their upcoming high school docu-drama they called up former General Hospital and Port Charles showrunner Wendy Riche.
Riche served as co-executive producer on the first season of Laguna Beach, helping introduce a generation of tweens to the nastiest blonde-on-blonde rivalry since Sami tangled with Carrie on Days of Our Lives — Kristin Cavallari vs. Lauren Conrad. Kristin and Lauren's battle over teen hunk Stephen Colletti was textbook daytime soap, complete with a scheming, hypersexual, bad girl warring with a rootable, virginal heroine.
The drama continued on Laguna Beach's even more popular spinoff series The Hills, which transplanted Lauren—and much later Kristin—to Los Angeles in pursuit of the glamorous life.
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