"UnREAL" just premiered last Monday at 10 p.m. on Lifetime -- strategically timed for right after ABC aired the latest episode of "The Bachelorette." The addictive scripted show has yet to hit viewer numbers anywhere near "The Bachelor" franchise, but it's much more entertaining (and revealing). "UnREAL" was created by a former "Bachelor" producer, and even though it's not officially a takedown of what happens behind-the-scenes of the ABC franchise, it doesn't take much reading between the lines to see that's the meat of the show.
"UnREAL" follows "Everlasting" producer Rachel (Shiri Appleby) who returns to her soul-sucking job of manipulating desperate women to create great TV for her ruthless reality show boss. This particular season of "Everlasting" seems like a fictionalized version of "The Bachelor" Season 12, led by British what-am-I-doing-here hunk Matt Grant.
Check out this video preview, showcasing the great Constance Zimmer as brutal boss Quinn:
Lifetime just released the first four episodes online, before three of the hours air on TV, so check them out. They're worth it. You can still watch and love "The Bachelor" but, at the very least, "unREAL" gives you a look at the not-so-savory way the rose sausage is made.
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