The series has already been nicknamed a "soaprah" for its combination
of soap opera-style stories and issues favoured by talk shows such
as Oprah Winfrey's, the Associated Press reports.
Set in Chicago, Starting Over revolves around six women
who gather in a house to help each other improve their lives, all
the while being filmed for television.
The show follows a diverse and ever-changing group of women as
they attempt to make extraordinary changes in their lives. They
are joined by two life coaches -- Rhonda Britten and Rana Walker,
who will help find solutions to problems that they face in their
The aim of the life coach will be to empower each woman with the
motivational tools to move one step closer to their goal. As each
woman succeeds or fails to achieve their goals, she will leave the
house and a new woman will arrive to attempt to start her life over.
The show will also feature follow-up segments updating the women's
lives after leaving the house.
Starting Over, NBC claims, will not be a voyeuristic show.
This is the first time that a reality show has an eloquent motive
and is not just about money, romance, betrayal and the sex factor.
In that it is unlike other reality shows like Big Brother,
Temptation Island and Joe Millionaire.
The six women Andy, Christine, Cassie, Maureen, Nyanza and Lori
each have some obstacle to overcome in their personal life and efforts
will be made in that direction.
Andy is 32 years old and is very skeptical of other people, especially
women, which holds her back from achieving a successful career.
She will be coming to the Starting Over house with the hope
of finding the answer to moving her career forward, her goal being
to learn to trust herself.
Christine is from Princeton and is forced to support both herself
and her daughter after her marriage broke up. She has little time
to devote to herself. Her aim is to begin the process of concentrating
on herself and her goals.
Cassie, a 20-year-old is a former foster child who wants to re-enroll
in college. Barely able to make ends meet by working two jobs, she
is unable to afford her tuition. A party animal, she needs to get
her life back on track and concentrate on building a future for
Maureen is known for her quick wit, but most of her life has not
been a laughing matter. She experienced the heart-breaking loss
of her mother and two of her four children. After two failed marriages,
she is ready to make a new start and begin working towards a career
Nyanza has been recently divorced from a professional football
player. She loves shopping, gambling and living a life of luxury.
She decided to put her accomplished career as an attorney on hold,
when she got married. Realising her life is somewhat empty she hopes
to learn to be less materialistic and to develop more substantive
Lori's husband died few months after their marriage. Heartbroken,
she made herself ugly and cut herself off from the world. Now five
years later, she's ready to cultivate new friendships and maybe
NBC has also invited viewers of Starting Over who are above
18 years of age to interact with the life coaches behind the television
programme. The channel says, this is another first in the history
of reality shows. The questions and responses can be posted on the
Starting Over website www.startingovertv.com.