Unscripted TV shows are not going anywhere.

These shows could range from singing competitions to home design programs to game shows, but the newest type in the genre are docu-soaps. These shows could either follow a person or a group of people going about their everyday lives. They might a depict a world similar to the viewers’ own or they can provide a glimpse into how other people live but drama-filled feuds are almost always guaranteed to occur.

On Wednesday, two of Netflix’s biggest docu-soaps, Selling Sunset and Bling Empire, were renewed for new seasons. Selling Sunset showed the lives of Jason and Brett Oppenheim, Chrishell Stause, Christine Quinn, Mary Fitzgerald, Heather Rae Young, Amanza Smith, Maya Vander and Davina Potratz and their careers as some of Los Angeles’ most successful realtors.



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Bling Empire, also set in L.A., follows the lives of wealthy Asian Americans living their extravagant lifestyle. “While their days and nights are filled with fabulous parties and expensive shopping sprees, don’t let the glitz and glamor fool you. Between running multi-billion dollar businesses and traveling the world, these friends are as good at keeping secrets as they are spilling them. And there is certainly no shortage of secrets,” the official synopsis read.

After the success of these two docu-soaps, Netflix has ordered two more series in the genre. The first will come come from Bling Empire’s executive producers – Jeff Jenkins, Ross Weintraub and Reinout Oerlemans. The official synopsis for My Unorthodox Life, premiering in late 2021, states, “The series centers around the personal and professional life of fashion mogul Julia Haart –  former member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community turned CEO of Elite Talent World Group. Since taking the reins of a global talent empire, Haart has been on a mission to revolutionize the industry from the inside out – all while being a mother of four. Her children include a TikToker, an app designer, a lawyer and a high school student torn between two conflicting cultures and Heart helps them reconcile their Orthodox upbringings with the modern world.”

The second new series come from Selling Sunset’s executive producer Adam DiVello. The untitled show will follow Allure Realty, an all Black, female, military-owned company set along the Florida coast. “These ladies are equally as fun as they are fiercely ambitious, will all of them vying to be on top of the lavish world of luxury waterfront rental estate,” the official synopsis said.

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