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Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:40PM EDT
UnReal boss: Our show has a "complicated" relationship with feminism
Feminism has gone from being an undercurrent of the Lifetime series to front and center in Season 3 with its first female suitor, or "Suitress." "Part of what we were trying to say with this season is that feminism is really complicated," says showrunner Stacy Rukeyser "Who is the right guy for Serena? ... Or, does she need to be with anyone at all? Should she be feeling this incredible pull to find a partner? Is that just a natural part of life, or is that an expectation imposed by society? I think that we're just asking a lot of questions, and I think the only answer that we're giving is that feminism is really complicated. But I just think these are the kinds of things we should all be talking about." ALSO: The Bachelor's Arie Luyendyk Jr. season was vindication for UnReal.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
UnReal is starting to run in the same problems that plagued last season
"This season of UnReal is certainly better than last season of UnReal, but it falters where last season faltered," says Gwen Ihnat, adding that the Lifetime series "is frustrating because we like these characters and want them to succeed, but they have to do such terrible things to get there."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 12:25AM EST
UnReal edited out a scene that would've depicted date-rape
“It’s a very fine line in how you depict that,” showrunner Stacy Rukeyser says of a scene in the Season 3 premiere. “We were completely edited and in the can back in August of last year before there was a #MeToo movement, but that scene was very, very tricky in the editing room. There was a version that is not the version that you see here that, we felt, went too far.”
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
UnReal redeems itself in Season 3 after its disastrous Season 2
Based on the first five episodes of Season 3, the Lifetime reality TV-inspired drama is back and better than ever, says Liz Rafferty. "In Season 3, UnReal has returned to feeling like a drama infused with purpose and importance, but that's also ridiculously fun and entertaining to watch," she says. "The show's writers couldn't have known it would be airing at the height of the #MeToo and #TimesUp moment, but real-world headlines make the events on the show seem all the more, well, real."
- Season 3 is an impressive, sometimes stirring return to form
- UnReal still suffers from many of its previous problems in Season 3
- Season 3 was an opportunity for course correction, but it's gone down predictable paths
- The timely premise of having the first female suitor breathes new life into UnReal
- New showrunner Stacy Rukeyser: "It seems incredibly fortuitous that this is the moment when it’s coming out"
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
UnReal's new boss examined what went wrong in Season 2
Stacy Rukeyser, who has been promoted to showrunner from executive producer on the Lifetime series, says she was well aware of the Season 2 criticism. "When I got the bump to be the showrunner for Season 3, that was the first thing that I started with," she said "I wasn't going to pretend that the things that had happened in the second season hadn't happened or try to ignore them in any way.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Check out UnReal’s Season 3 official trailer
Is the fictional Everlasting in limbo?
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
Shiri Appleby agrees UnReal’s second season was disappointing, promises Season 3 will be better
“I mean, I kind of agreed,” she says of critics of the Lifetime series inspired by The Bachelor. “I felt the same way. But it was sort of like, ‘Okay, it’s here in print, so let’s just address it and make the show better.’”
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 2:06PM EST
UnReal bringing back Breeda Wool
The actress will reprise her role as closeted, Christian, lesbian Everlasting contestant Faith in Season 4.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 1:56PM EST
Ex-One Tree Hill writer details the misogyny she experienced when she was the only female on staff
At one point, Stacy Rukeyser -- a daughter of Wall Street Week's Louis Rukeyser -- was the only female writer on a staff with 11 male writers on the WB series, something she found odd for a show focused on teen girls. “Despite my ability to ‘hang with the guys’ and make it through two years on One Tree Hill,” says Rukeyser, who is currently UnReal's showrunner. “I was still perceived as somewhat of a buzzkill. I fought for truth in the female characters' storylines, and for a less oppressive level of discourse in the writers room. When the other writers decided on Hooters for lunch, I was faced with a daunting decision — do I ‘suck it up’ and go along, so as not to miss out on any ‘work bonding,’ or simply laugh it off and let them go without me? I went with option C, and told them it made me uncomfortable (they went anyway, of course — "they have the best wings in town!"). I was ridiculed, harangued and called names.”
Posted Tuesday 10/24/17 at 4:58AM EDT
Midnight, Texas lead actor joins UnReal’s “All-Star” season
François Arnaud’s participation in Season 4 of the Lifetime drama won't stop him from doing another season of Midnight, Texas, should NBC order one.
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 5:29PM EDT
UnReal returns Feb. 26 with new suitress played by Masters of Sex alum Caitlin Fitzgerald
Check out Lifetime's trailer for Season 3 of The Bachelor satire.
Posted Friday 10/13/17 at 11:28PM EDT
UnReal is going to have an “All-Star” season
The Bachelor spoof will mimic its reality TV counterpart in Season 4 by bringing back old favorites, as confirmed by showrunner Stacy Rukeyser. The fourth season will also features a blonde Shiri Appleby.