Lifetime Renews 'UnREAL'

Scripted Drama Gets 10-Episode Season-2 Order
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Lifetime said it has committed to a second season of UnREAL with a 10-episode order of the A+E Studios-produced original drama. The show will be back next year, per a network release citing Liz Gateley, executive vice president and head of programming for Lifetime.  

The first season of the show -- set behind the scenes at a dating competition show bearing a resemblance to The Bachelor -- is three episodes in and has averaged more than 4.8 million views across all available platforms, Lifetime said, not breaking the viewing numbers down beyind that. The show, starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, has a median age of 43, Lifetime says, making it the network's youngest-skewing scripted series ever. It airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Gateley said in the release: “We couldn’t be more proud to bring back UnREAL. With authentically flawed characters, sharp storytelling and impeccable performances, this show is propelling our brand in a truly exciting direction – an unexpected and bolder Lifetime. We are thrilled to continue our work with Marti and Sarah and the incredible A+E Studios team, as we together bring a new generation of viewers to Lifetime.”

The show is co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and was inspired by Shapiro’s 2013 SXSW award-winning independent short film, Sequin Raze. It is the first scripted series fully produced and distributed by A+E Studios. 

Pictured (L to R): Breeda Wool (“Faith”), Josh Kelly (“Jeremy”) and Shiri Appleby (“Rachel”) UnREAL. Photo by James Dittiger. Copyright 2015.