‘UnReal’ Season 3 Pushed to 2018, Co-Creator Talks Rachel Lindsay’s Season of ‘The Bachelorette’

UnREAL Group Date

Lifetime invited guests to Malibu for a Sunday Group Date filled with wine tasting along with a splash of adventure at Saddlerock Ranch’s Malibu Wine Safari ahead of the forthcoming season of “UnReal” — which the network announced will now debut in early 2018 instead of this year.

The delayed premiere date was confirmed by Lifetime, after star Constance Zimmer tweeted the news, writing to fans, “Hang in there for Season 3,” which will air in the “first part of 2018.”

Previously, “UnReal’s” third season was originally set to debut sometime in 2017, as announced by Lifetime when the network gave the show an early renewal, ahead of its second season. For Season 3, “UnReal” brought on a new showrunner, Stacy Rukeyser. The showrunner shuffle came after the series had a rocky second season, according to many critics, following a very successful freshman season, which became a critical darling right off the bat.

At the wine tasting event this past weekend, series co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro chatted with Variety about what fans can expect in the show’s third season, which explores the fictional dating competition show “Everlasting” having its first female suitor (Caitlin FitzGerald).

“I think you can expect a lot of hot dudes and a lot of feminism — that was our winning combo,” Gertrude Shapiro said. “We’re talking about what it means to be a successful woman and still wanting to have a partner or a life, and how challenging that can be with stories of a lot of our friends and ourselves: the more successful you become, the harder it is for you to find a date.”

Shapiro also shared that they portrayed navigating present-day dating in an honest way, pulled from material in real life. “We call it the tyranny of choice under Tinder, where you always feel like there is someone better around the bend or being so overwhelmed by the idea of customizing a life partner,” she explained.

She also said that the format of the female-led “Everlasting” is a little different from ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” While both women go on dates, “UnReal” focuses mainly on the suitress as a character and are not detailing the drama between the male contestants.


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“It’s really more about her journey and her relationship with Rachel and Quinn, and how they feel about creating a life for this business woman,” she teased. “Quinn isn’t necessarily seeing her as a woman or a man, she sees her more as a contestant on the show that she needs to produce. I think that speaks more to our themes of humanity within reality TV and what are the consequences of starting to treat people like cattle.”

Shapiro admitted that she hasn’t tuned in to watch this season of “The Bachelorette,” so she couldn’t fully comment on how ABC handled its first African-American lead (which “Everlasting” had in last season’s “Unreal.”) However, she did state that she heard the news of a current cast member that had racist and feminist tweets surface from his time before the show.

“Oh yeah, I’m sure it was not an accident,” she said lightheartedly about the research that she did when she was a producer on the ABC franchise, long before she created “UnReal.”

Later on in the afternoon, Shiri Appleby and Zimmer hopped on the open-built safari vehicles to gaze at the animals, who had clever names such as Justin Zeber the zebra, Al Pacacino the alpaca and a llama they referred to as Llama Del Rey. “Wait, you said her name is Barbecue Burger?” a concerned Zimmer asked near the American Bison. “Don’t worry, we don’t eat them,” the tour guide replied.

(Pictured above: “UnReal” co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro with stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer as well as showrunner Stacy Rukeyser)

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  1. Shauna says:

    It’s really sad that I Have to wait a whole year for my favorite lifetime shows to come on but making me wait a year and a half is so foolish I love unreal I want to find out if Rachel and Adam will finally end up together because they should. He was really in love with her but Quinn really screwed that up for her and Adam. And the canceling of Devious Maids and Witches of East End was very stupid they were my favorite shows I couldn’t wait for them to come back every time they had their season finale I couldn’t wait for the season premiere for every one of them and I did but it’s been a long time and I think it’s really stupid of Lifetime to let go of really good shows.and not care what the fans want and that they literally crave every season for their shows to come back on and then it gets canceled it’s really sad and really stupid when you have really good shows that the fans really love like me and then they’re gone and you never find out what happened. Way to go lifetime.

  2. Alma Shumake says:

    UNREAL IS GREAT! The problem for me is that I missed most of Season 2, because I didn’t know when it returned. Networks have shows so scattered now, and there are so many interruptions to the flow of programs (to enrich cable), that it is hard to remember all the start dates for various shows. Also, UNREAL needs to do promotions on more than just “Lifetime.”

  3. tvwatcher says:

    UnREAL was sold to me as a show that was supposed to be about the BTS of a reality dating show. So now basically Sarah is telling me that’s not the case. Why bother with Everlasting all together? It’s so frustrating. I want more Everlasting and less soap. After the mess that was season 2 they have a lot of work to do to get back on track and recreate the magic of season 1.

    • Shera Brown says:

      I am very curious to know why some didn’t like season 2? I absolutely loved it!

      • Jessica says:

        I thought season 2 was intriguing. I stream and saw this advertised on Hulu, that fell into a showhole and watched both seasons within days. It sucks that we have to wait longer. Sounds like they already shot the season so I’m curious what the hold up is 🤔

    • Exactly. I turned off Season 2 because it was so awful.

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