Reality TV Gets Scripted in Lifetime’s ‘UnReal’ Drama (Video)

TCA 2015: Cable network gives glimpse of scripted drama about a reality TV crew filming a dating show

Last Updated: January 11, 2015 @ 9:09 AM

Cat fights, shouting matches and casual sex are top ingredients of any hit reality show, and Lifetime’s upcoming series “UnReal” fictionalizes them all.

The network teased the dark comedy on Friday during the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, giving reporters a preview of the series, which follows Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby), a young TV producer tasked with manipulating contestants to ensure drama in a dating show that mirrors “The Bachelor.”

The show-within-a-show’s executive producer, Quinn King (Constance Zimmer), craves explosive drama to keep viewers glued to their television screens.

“Oh, we love her,” Quinn exclaims in the video, as one female contestant slaps another while dressed in a shimmering evening gown.

And that drama might create a rift between Rachel and Quinn.

“Maybe I’m just sick of being a manipulative bitch,” Rachel sternly tells Quinn.

The series also stars Freddie Stroma and Josh Kelly.

From A&E Studios, “UnREal” was co-created by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon. Noxon is also the creator behind Bravo’s reality show “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.”