Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

UnREAL writers break down that shocking moment, criticism of season 2

Rachel (Shiri Appleby) just hit rock bottom. In the latest episode of UnREAL, she calls the cops on Darius (B.J. Britt), who took Romeo, Yael, and Tiffany on a joy ride off the set of Everlasting, in the hopes that she and the crew will be able to capture on camera what it’s like for a black man to be pulled over by the police.

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On the set of UnREAL: How the breakout summer drama won a second date — and what to expect in season 2

Strategically scattered rose petals? Check. Strands of twinkle lights draped over every banister? Check. Crystal chandeliers — all 28 of them — turned on in every room? Check, check, check. On the Vancouver set of UnREAL, Lifetime’s surprise hit chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama of reality TV, the mansion has been prepped to look like a picture-perfect paradise — which means the most dramatic season of Everlasting, its show-within-a-show, is about to begin.

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UnREAL EP, cast talk pressure of making season 2

Not even the cast of UnREAL — Lifetime’s drama about the behind-the-scenes dysfunction on a Bachelor-like reality dating show — could have predicted its success.

“When they told me about it, it sounded like it was something on Lifetime about reality shows, so I thought, ‘This is it. It’s over [for me],’” admits Craig Bierko, who plays Chet. “I was leaning towards judgment before I read it, like, this is gonna be a soap opera, you know? But there was this other element where none of the characters were easy. Everybody had a duality, which is fascinating.”

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UnREAL EP: Season 2 will be at 'the intersection of the men's rights movement and feminism'

When UnREAL debuted on Lifetime the summer of 2015, showrunner Sarah Gertrude Shapiro had no idea the show’s provocative premise — about producers behind the scenes of a Bachelor-like franchise — would win audiences in droves, nor did she expect that viewers would come to appreciate the series’ focus on two central female figures, Quinn (Constance Zimmer) and Rachel (Shiri Appleby).

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