In February, Lifetime announced that they had picked up a new scripted drama series called UnREAL. With this pick up, the program makes it mark as the first scripted series to ever be completely controlled and financed by the A+E studios. On March 16, Lifetime announced that their new drama series UnREAL will make its television premiere on June 1.
UnREAL follows the behind the scenes action of a fictitious reality television dating series. The new scripted drama showcases all of the chaos that goes into the filming of a reality dating program. The show is being described as an eye-opener of a look into what happens on the set of unscripted reality television. This is a look at not only what it means to be a contestant on one of these shows, but also at what it means to be a producer for one of these programs.
This new drama series is set to star Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby. Appleby plays Rachel Goldberg, a producer on the reality dating show Everlasting. Goldberg is tasked with the job of manipulating her relationships with the contestants (as well as manipulating the relationships of the contests themselves) on the show in an effort to get vital, dramatic and outrageous program footage. Zimmer plays Quinn King, the executive producer of the dating show Everlasting. King is demanding that Goldberg must provide video of the contestants that is chaotic and overly dramatic for ratings.
UnREAL also stars Freddie Stroma, Craig Bierko, Josh Kelly and Siobhan Williams. Stroma plays Adam Cromwell, the suitor on the dating show. Bierko plays Chet, the creator of the reality program, Everlasting. Kelly plays Jeremy, a cameraman on the program and Goldberg’s ex-boyfriend. Williams portrays Lizzie, Jeremy’s current fiancee and the makeup artist for the show. There are also a number of guest stars, such as Arielle Kebbel, who plays a contestant on the show who is not looking to make any friends, and has no real filter.
Lifetime’s new drama series UnREAL, premiering in June, is based on the award winning Sequin Raze, an independent short film from Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. Shapiro is also credited as one of the creators of the new program, alongside Marti Noxon.
A+E Studios is the producer of UnREAL. Not only is Noxon one of the creators, but she is also an executive producer for the series. Shapiro also pulls double duty as a supervising producer. Robert M. Sertner and Sally DeSipio are executive producers, while Stacy Rukeyser is a co-executive producer.
Although the program is making its television premiere in June, it made its world premiere on March 16. This premiere occurred at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival which covers film, interactive and music, at the Austin Convention Center’s Vimeo theater in Texas.
Lifetime’s new drama series UnREAL will premiere on the network on June 1 at 10 PM EST. There are 10 episodes currently ordered of the series, each with a running time of one hour.
By Kimberley Spinney
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