Starting Over (TV series)

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Starting Over
Starting Over opening credits title card.jpg
Genre Reality television
Created by
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jonathan Murray
  • Millee Taggart-Ratcliffe
Camera setup Multiple
Production company(s) Bunim-Murray Productions
Distributor NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run September 8, 2003 (2003-09-08) – September 8, 2006 (2006-09-08)

Starting Over is an American reality television series that follows the lives of women who are experiencing difficulty in their lives and want to make changes, with the help of life coaches. Six women at a time work to overcome obstacles and meet personal goals. When it is determined that a woman has met all her goals, she "graduates" from the house and is replaced by a new roommate. On the other hand, if it is determined that she has not met her goals, she could be put on probation, or asked to leave.

History[edit]

The first season of Starting Over, in 2003-2004, was set in Chicago. The show used the voice-over narration of Sylvia Villagran. It featured life coaches Rhonda Britten and Rana Walker with a relocation to California and introduction of a consulting psychologist.

The second season saw the show moved to the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. Rana Walker was replaced by Iyanla Vanzant as the second life coach. Stan Katz joined the cast as the psychologist. During the second season, it was notable that in addition to the six women, for the first few months, there was also a baby in the mix. Josie, the holdover from the Chicago house, had given birth to a girl, Chloe, at season's end; and in that time in the Los Angeles house, she was included and doted on by the women, the life coaches and Dr. Katz. Josie was also unique, in that she was the only woman in the three-year history of Starting Over to have changed life coaches. Since Rana, her original primary life coach, had been replaced by Iyanla and she already had three clients, she gained Rhonda, who had been her support life coach in the first season, as her primary life coach.

The third season was filmed in the Reseda district of Los Angeles. For the first three weeks of the third season, which aired from 2005 until 2006, couples worked together with the life coaches. Although men have been guests of the women on the show, this was the first time that men appeared on the show specifically to work on their issues.

Starting Over did not return for a fourth season, but in the second half of the 2006-07 season NBC Universal distributed reruns of the series on some stations as a replacement show beginning January 29, 2007, due to the failure of the syndicated Megan Mullally's talk show.[1]

Cast[edit]

Life coaches[edit]

Consulting psychologist[edit]

Narrator[edit]

  • Sylvia Villagran (Seasons 1-3)

Roommates[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  • Maureen Goodman: 1st graduate, and roommate during season 2
  • Nyanza Davis
  • Christine
  • Andy Paige: Season 1 graduate, Stylist during Seasons 2-3
  • Cassie Romanelli
  • Lori
  • Kimberlyn
  • Jennifer Manaloto
  • Audrey Tucker
  • Teresa Crone
  • Brenda Starr Wilson
  • Hannah Buchanan
  • Karen Knoxcox
  • Christine H.
  • PJ Anbey: Season 1 and special appearances season 2
  • Erika Jackson
  • Rain Adams
  • Amy Harkin Goodrich: daughter of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, and wife of NBA Basketball player Steve Goodrich
  • Susan Santa Cruz
  • Hailey Murray: niece of Starting Over co-creator/executive producer Jonathan Murray, and daughter of Starting Over graduate Lynnell
  • Lynnell Stage: mother of Starting Over graduate Hailey
  • Josie: Seasons 1-2
  • Leah

Season 2[edit]

  • Sinae VanHaastert (Season 2)
  • Josie (Season 1-2)
  • Chloe (Season 1-2)
  • Deborah (Season 2)
  • Vanessa Atler (Season 2)
  • Bethany Marshall (Season 2 and appearances on Season 3)[2]
  • Jennifer Bernhardt (Season 2)
  • Megg Berry (Season 2)
  • Kim Bookout (Season 2)
  • Towanda Braxton Carter (Season 2)
  • Denise Lamberti (Season 2)
  • Cassie Mizer (Seasons 2-3) Season 2 graduate, and roommate during season 3
  • Sommer White (Seasons 2-3)
  • Allison Stanley (Seasons 2-3)
  • Renee Panis (Season 2)

Season 3: Couples Bootcamp[edit]

  • Jaclyn Johnsen Romero
  • Michael Romero
  • Kacie Fann
  • Simon David
  • Cheryl Kohagen
  • Troy Kohagen
  • Jenn Marini
  • Lou Marini
  • Jessica Holland
  • Christie Duran
  • Jill Tracy
  • Lisa Noonen

Guest coaches[edit]

  • Steve Rhode - Money, credit and debt coach (Season 1)
  • Sean Albrecht - Corporate telemarketing coach (Season 1)
  • Janae Whittaker - Life Coach- specializing in transition out of sport (Season 2)
  • Lisa Popeil - Singing voice coach (Season 2)

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