‘UnREAL’ Earns a Third Season Renewal

UnREAL Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer
Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer star in Season 2 of ‘UnREAL ‘ (Photo by James Dittiger / Lifetime)

Lifetime has confirmed that the award-winning series UnREAL will be sticking around for a third season. The renewal order was announced just a few days prior to the premiere of the show’s second season. UnREAL season two will debut on June 6, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT with Constance Zimmer, Shiri Appleby, Craig Bierko, Josh Kelly, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and B.J. Britt in starring roles. The critically acclaimed drama was created by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon, with Noxon, Shapiro, Carol Barbee, Robert M. Sertner, Sally DeSipio, Stacy Rukeyser, Peter O’Fallon and Adam Kane executive producing.

Season three will consist of 10 episodes premiering in 2017.

UnREAL is that rare series that redefines a network,” stated Liz Gateley, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for Lifetime. “It not only reflects culture, but pushes culture forward by creating television’s first female antihero. 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. 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.”

The Season 2 Plot: Set against the backdrop of the hit dating competition show Everlasting, Season 2 of UnREAL is led by flawed heroine Rachel Goldberg (Appleby), who returns as supervising producer, renowned for her skills manipulating her relationships with, and among, the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program’s dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King (Zimmer), demands. What ensues once again is an eye-opening look at what happens in the outrageous world of unscripted television, where being a contestant can be vicious and being a producer is a whole other reality.

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, 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.