You may have never known it, but two shows almost had the same exact title.
Outside TV, a cable television network targeted toward outdoors enthusiasts, announced its latest premiere in early March for a mountain bike series called “UnReal.” Since that recent announcement, the unscripted series has been renamed “The unReal World: The Stories Behind the Stunts,” in order to avoid confusion with Lifetime’s dramedy of the same name, Variety has learned exclusively.
Sources close to the Outside TV show say that once the Lifetime comparison was brought to their attention, the decision to switch the title was quickly approved by Teton Gravity Research (TGR), the outdoor sports media company that produces Outside TV’s new biking series.
“The unReal World: The Stories Behind the Stunts” is based on TGR’s mountain bike film, also titled “UnReal,” which was released last year a few weeks after Lifetime’s show debuted in June 2015. Over its eight episodes, the retitled series, hailing from TGR and Anthill Films, gives a behind-the-scenes looks at that film. The next new episode airs Friday, March 18, at 9 p.m.
The double dose of “UnReal” isn’t the first instance that television series on separate networks have run into conflicting titles. ABC’s John Ridley series “American Crime,” which premiered in March 2015, was followed by Ryan Murphy’s anthology “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” this fall. While FX did not nix the similar title, the name was restylized to read “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and now the show simply goes by “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Debra Birnbaum contributed to this report.