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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series that follows daytime soap opera actors is full of mature themes like pregnancy and failed relationships. Some cast members are visible in their underwear though there is no nudity, and discussions about sex and relationships are frequent. Expect some salty vocab ("ass," "bitch"; bleeped curses), a few catty arguments, and drinking (wine, cocktails, champagne).
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What's the Story?
The reality series DIRTY SOAP follows a group of soap opera actors who are dealing with their own real-life drama. The series features General Hospital's Kelly Monaco and Kirsten Storms, Nadia Bjorlin of Days of Our Lives, and her boyfriend and Bold and the Beautiful star Brandon Beemer. Bjorlin's co-star Galen Gering, along with former actress-now-wife Jenna Gering, is trying to balance family life with the demands of the daytime TV industry. Rounding out the group is One Life to Live's Farah Fath, and her co-star and boyfriend, soap actor John-Paul Lavoisier. From relocating from New York to Los Angeles to start a new career, to trying to keep their romantic relationships going, they find themselves navigating a changing industry while trying to make sense of the personal lives.
Is It Any Good?
The voyeuristic series offers a behind-the-scenes look at what life is like for a young soap opera actors at a time when the traditional daytime TV industry is rapidly disappearing. Like any reality show, it offers its own share of conflict and drama as cast members cope with failed relationships, jealousy, and other issues.
It's a little slow, and some of the actors seem to be trying too hard to act like regular people when the (reality) cameras are rolling. But dedicated soap fans will enjoy watching the private moments of their favorite celebs. They'll also get to see how unglamorous being a daytime TV star can sometimes be.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about soap operas. Why are almost all of them no longer being produced? Did you know that actors like Demi Moore, Meg Ryan, Ann Hecht, and Ryan Phillippe all got their start in daytime soaps?
Do you think the events being featured here are real? Or are the day-to-day challenges they are facing on the show being created in order to create some soapy reality drama?
- Premiere date: September 25, 2011
- Network: E!
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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