REALITY SHOW 'Starting Over' gets makeover for season
The show moves from Chicago to the hills of LA.
Fans of the syndicated "Starting Over" like to think of the series as "The Swan" without all the superficial surgery. The show is going to get an extreme makeover before premiering its second season on Sept. 13.
The biggest change is that the NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution offering has left its Chicago digs to move into a large Spanish-style home in the hills overlooking Los Angeles. Even if the location has changed, though, the show's focus is still on women who are looking to make major changes in their lives and don't mind if the cameras are rolling when it happens.
"Starting Over" had a somewhat contentious relationship with its Chicago home. Bunim-Murray received a number of complaints from residents of the upscale Gold Coast neighborhood, who argued that the show's shoot violated zoning restrictions. Several residents went so far as to suggest that the show was bringing "unsavory characters" into their neighborhood.
"The move to Los Angeles is one way that we're keeping 'Starting Over' fresh for the daytime audience," says Jon Murray, of Bunim-Murray Productions, one of the executive producers on the show. "Both the audience and our new cast will enjoy our amazing new house and the virtually unlimited opportunities available in this city."
The cast of the second season will feature five new women and two returning cast members, including Josie, who entered the Chicago house eight months pregnant and gave birth at the end of the first season.
The show has also added best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant as a life coach for the women, joining Rhonda Britten. Dr. Stan J. Katz will take over as consulting psychologist.