Starting Over cast member’s cancer story is an “homage” to Mary-Ellis Bunim.

Starting Over cast member’s cancer story is an “homage” to Mary-Ellis Bunim.
A recent Starting Over storyline focuses on Allison, a woman who has breast cancer. After a mastectomy and radiation therapy, she’s now “here not only to heal herself and learn how to deal with this, but she’s willing to help everyone in her own way,” executive producer Millee Taggart-Ratcliffe tells The Starr Report. Executive producer and series co-creator Jonathan Murray says that “Mary-Ellis battled cancer for many years and had to go through a lot of the same things Allison has gone through. This story, in every way, makes us think of Mary-Ellis.” The other executive producer notes that Alison and Mary-Ellis even share the same doctor. Taggart-Ratcliffe says, “We’re trying to use Mary- Ellis’ experience to help us. The doctor that Allison is seeing is the same doctor who kept Mary-Ellis alive.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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