Mere days ahead of the second season premiere, Lifetime has renewed their scripted drama series UnReal for a third season, TVWise has learned. Ten episodes have been ordered for the show’s third season, which is expected to premiere in 2017.
UnReal, which was Lifetime’s first truly successful drama launch in a number of years, quickly became a hit for the network. The show’s first season averaged a multi-platform audience of 3.7 million viewers and ranks as Lifetime’s youngest scripted series ever with a median viewer age of 43.
“UnREAL is that rare series that redefines a network. It not only reflects culture, but pushes culture forward by creating television’s first female antihero”, said by Lifetime’s Executive Vice President and Head of Programming Liz Gateley, who ordered the third season.
“The overwhelming fan and critical reaction set the bar incredibly high, but the writers and executive producing team, coupled with the outstanding performances by Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, have taken the second season to even greater creative heights”, she added. “We are thrilled about the new ground we will break with season three while continuing our work with the incredible A+E Studios as we together build Lifetime’s Fempire.”
UnREAL is set against the backdrop of the hit dating competition show Everlasting, UnREAL is led by flawed heroine Rachel Goldberg, a young producer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with and among the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program’s dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King, demands. What ensues is an eye-opening look at what happens in the outrageous world of unscripted television, where being a contestant can be vicious and producing it is a whole other reality
Buffy The Vampire Slayer scribe Marti Noxon, who most recently developed Bravo’s first original drama Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce, co-created UnREAL alongside Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. The series stars Constance Zimmer (Entourage), Shiri Appleby (Girls), Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (Fairly Legal), Josh Kelly (One Life To Live) and B.J. Britt (Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.).