Lifetime's 'UnReal' Exposes the Real Drama of Reality TV

by Raphael Chestang 5:19 PM PDT, April 02, 2015
Playing Lifetime's 'UnReal' Exposes the Real Drama of Reality TV

Audiences have been obsessed with The Bachelor for 19 seasons, and now Lifetime is sending up the entire dating reality show genre in a new scripted series called UnReal that centers on a fictional version of the ABC hit.

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"Our show I think is going to really surprise people and shock people at how messed up that world is," House of Cards star Constance Zimmer said.

UnReal offers a fictitious look at the behind-the-scenes chaos and scheming of a fictional dating competition show called Everlasting. The show features Zimmer as demanding executive producer Quinn King and Girls actress Shiri Appleby as young producer Rachel Goldberg, whose sole job is to play puppet master to the contestants on Everlasting.

"You're going to be able to see what the on-field producers do to manipulate the contestants to get them to react a certain way in front of the lenses," Appleby said.

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The show includes all the familiar elements -- a lavish mansion, sex, fights, backstabbing and more sex -- but it's the point of view twist that's a real game-changer.

"There's no way to watch a reality show the same way again," Zimmer promised.

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UnReal premieres June 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.