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Lifetime Renews ‘UnReal’ For Season 3 Ahead of Premiere

(L to R top) Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Josh Kelly, Craig Bierko, (L to R Bottom) Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby star in Season 2 of Lifetime’s hit drama UnREAL premiering, Monday, June 6 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
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(L to R top) Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Josh Kelly, Craig Bierko, (L to R Bottom) Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby star in Season 2 of Lifetime’s hit drama UnREAL premiering, Monday, June 6 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime. Photo by Joseph Viles Copyright 2016

Days before UnREAL’s second season premiere, Lifetime has greenlit a third season of its critically acclaimed scripted drama, UnREAL with a 10-episode order, it was announced today by Liz Gateley, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for Lifetime.   Produced by A+E Studios, UnREAL’s third season is set for a 2017 release.

UnREAL has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations to date including a Peabody, an AFI honor as a Television Program of the Year, and a Critics’ Choice Award for Constance Zimmer’s performance.

Airing on Mondays, beginning June 6th at 10pm ET/PT, UnREAL is Lifetime’s youngest scripted series ever with a median age of 43.  Season one averaged 3.7 million views per episode across all platforms.

Regarding the announcement, Gateley said, “UnREAL is that rare series that redefines a network. It not only reflects culture, but pushes culture forward by creating television’s first female antihero. The overwhelming fan and critical reaction set the bar incredibly high, but the writers and executive producing team, coupled with the outstanding performances by Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, have taken the second season to even greater creative heights.   We are thrilled about the new ground we will break with season three while continuing our work with the incredible A+E Studios as we together build Lifetime’s Fempire.”

Co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, UnREAL gives a fictitious behind- the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program,Everlasting. Having already tackled relevant matters of gender politics, the series, starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer as producers Rachel Goldberg and Quinn King, will stir up the drama in season two when Everlasting casts its first-ever African American suitor.

UnREAL is produced by A+E Studios. Noxon and Shapiro executive produce UnREAL, along with Carol Barbee, Robert M. Sertner, Sally DeSipio, Stacy Rukeyser, Peter O’Fallon and Adam Kane. In following the mission of Lifetime’s Broad Focus initiative, this season of UnREAL also features four female directors including Shapiro, Appleby in her directorial debut, Janice Cooke and Nzingha Stewart.

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