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"UnReal" review by Suzanne 5/24/15
Premieres June 1st on Lifetime

This is a very enjoyable show. I love the characters because they're just so complex and thiree-dimensional, which is something you rarely find. A lot of the people in the show are awful people, or they do horrible things, yet some of them are very messed-up, or vulnerable, or they have a conscience, or they're being manipulated. They just work in TV, so it's not like they're killing people or anything, but still they do some really terrible things to each other.  It's really intriguing to watch how it all works out.

The show is about a reality show, similar to "The Bachelor". It takes up behind the scenes of the show to the people running it and how they make it. I really have no idea if it's realistic or not, but from what I've heard, it sure seems to be. The main protagonist is Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby), who's just come back to work on the show after being away for a while. She had a bit of a breakdown and was arrested, but now she's back and trying to get her life back together. However, she hates her job and it's clear that it's very toxic to her and to her mental health. She's one of the people whose job it is to manipulate the contestants so that they can great reaction shots out of them.

Her tough-as-nails boss, Quinn (Constance Zimmer) seems to just be a total bitch, but we learn that she has her own issues, since she's sleeping with the boss, Chet (Craig Bierko, who's outstanding). Rachel's ex-boyfriend, Jeremy (Josh Kelly, who was great as Cutter on "One Life to Live") is the show's cameraman. "Harry Potter" alum Freddie Stroma is fun as the Bachlor in question who has his own agenda as well as chemistry with Rachel.

The show is a bit of a soap opera, but it's also a dark comedy. It's really worth watching because the plot is just so good. It weaves around and around as you watch in shock at how far the people will go to get a TV show filmed. I'm not a fan of reality shows, but I'm already hooked on this show. I assume anyone who's a fan of them will love this. It's got all of the great drama of those shows, but with much better acting and writing. The show was created by Marti Noxon, who's quite experienced with writing great TV shows; and by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, a relative newbie.

You shouldn't miss this because it's just fun and delicious!


From Co-Creators Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, the provocative drama gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program. 

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. 

UnREAL also stars Craig Bierko as Everlasting’s eccentric creator, Chet, and Freddie Stroma as the dating show’s handsome and intelligent suitor, Adam Cromwell.  Josh Kelly plays Jeremy, a cameraman who is Rachel’s ex-boyfriend, while Siobhan Williams is Lizzie, Jeremy’s current fiancée and on-set makeup artist.  Everlasting’s contestants include Grace, portrayed by Nathalie Kelley, who immediately wins Adam’s heart; Anna, played by Johanna Braddy, who is classy and shrewd, with her eye on the prize; Faith, a sensitive and vulnerable tomboy from the South portrayed by Breeda Wool; and Mary, played by Ashley Scott, a gorgeous single mom who has been unlucky in love.  Arielle Kebbel will guest star as Courtney, a contestant who has no filter and isn’t on Everlasting to make any friends.

Premiering Monday, June 1, at 10pm ET/PT


Our exclusive interview with Josh Kelly (Jeremy) 5/29/15

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