Just ahead of its second-season premiere on June 6, Lifetime has ordered a 10-episode third season of its hit scripted drama series UnReal for premiere in 2017. A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc hinted at the renewal last week in a Deadline interview, and that has now been confirmed.
Starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, UnReal averaged 3.7 million views per episode across all platforms in Season 1 and is Lifetime’s youngest series ever with a median age of 43, according to the network.
The critically praised series has been honored with a Peabody, an AFI Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for Zimmer’s performance.
Co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, UnReal gives a fictitious behind- the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program called Everlasting.
Returning as series regulars are Craig Bierko as Everlasting’s creator, Chet, who is on a quest to reclaim his full power on set; Josh Kelly as Jeremy, Rachel’s ex-boyfriend and Everlasting’s director of photography; and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman as Jay, a field producer whose ambitions run far beyond the show. Everlasting’s new suitor Darius Hill, an All-American football star, will be played by B.J. Britt.
UnReal is produced by A+E Studios. Noxon and Shapiro executive produce, along with Carol Barbee, Robert M. Sertner, Sally DeSipio, Stacy Rukeyser, Peter O’Fallon and Adam Kane.
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