Black comedy - Completed

Lifetime’s new provocative scripted drama, UnREAL, gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program.

& Awards

SXSW 2015
    • Genres
    • Black comedy, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 44 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Peter O'FALLON
    • Writer(s)
    • Marti NOXON, Sarah SHAPIRO
    • Producer(s)
    • Marti NOXON, Sarah SHAPIRO, Sally DESIPIO, Robert SERTNER, Stacy RUCKEYSER
    • Synopsis
    • Set against the backdrop of the hit dating competition show Everlasting, UnREAL is led by flawed heroine Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby, Girls), 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 (Constance Zimmer, Entourage), 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 (Damages) as Everlasting’s eccentric creator, Chet, and Freddie Stroma (Pitch Perfect) as the dating show’s handsome and intelligent suitor, Adam Cromwell. Josh Kelly (One Life to Live) plays Jeremy, a cameraman who is Rachel’s ex-boyfriend, while Siobhan Williams (Black Box) is Lizzie, Jeremy’s current fiancée and on-set makeup artist. Everlasting’s contestants include Grace, portrayed by Nathalie Kelley (The Fast and the Furious), who immediately wins Adam’s heart; Anna, played by Johanna Braddy (Shameless), who is classy and shrewd, with her eye on the prize; Faith, a sensitive and vulnerable tomboy from the South portrayed by Breeda Wool (Betas); and Mary, played by Ashley Scott (Jericho), a gorgeous single mom who has been unlucky in love. Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries) will guest star as Courtney, a contestant who has no filter and isn’t on Everlasting to make any friends.

      Inspired by Sarah Shapiro’s award-winning independent short film Sequin Raze, UnREAL is produced by A+E Studios. Marti Noxon executive produces while Shapiro serves as supervising producer. Sally DeSipio (Do Over), Bob Sertner (Revenge) and Stacy Ruckeyser (Twisted) also executive produce. UnREAL is the first scripted series fully produced and distributed by A+E Studios. A+E Networks will handle global sales for UnREAL.