Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Touted somewhat inaccurately as "Daytime's first reality show," Starting Over born discernible traces of the earlier cable weekly The Real World -- not surprisingly, since it was created and produced by Real World alumni Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. On each of the daily, 60-minute episodes, six women, sharing the same posh Chicago home, endeavored to change and/or redirect their lives, putting their negative romantic and professional experiences behind them. A team of "life coaches" -- financial experts, physical trainers et al. -- helped the ladies make the transitions. To keep things fresh, a new group of "house guests" was introduced every ten weeks or so. Packaged by NBC Enterprises, Starting Over first aired the week of September 8, 2003.
life-changes, transition, women