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Lifetime has tapped a new showrunner for UnREAL. The network has appointed Stacy Rukeyser, an executive producer who’s been with the show since the beginning, to oversee the third season of the Emmy-nominated drama.
Created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, the series — which offers a fictionalized look behind the scenes of a Bachelor-like reality dating show — has long been the subject of rumors about a messy behind-the-scenes. But Rukeyser, who was Noxon’s very first hire on the series, has been a stable force in the otherwise tumultuous creative process.
She served as a co-executive producer during the first season before she was upped to exec producer in the drama’s second outing. The writersroom for the new season started up in Los Angeles about a month ago, with the series set to begin production in February in Vancouver. Season three will debut in the summer of 2017.
Is Shapiro still intimately involved in the show?
Oh yeah, absolutely. Sarah is an executive producer on the show, and she and I are in the trenches together. And I would just say also about Marti that there would be no UnREAL without Marti Noxon or Sarah Shapiro. Everything that Marti brought is so embedded in the show’s DNA, it’s so crucial to our characters and our story as we move forward. What’s exciting about the third season is we’re going even deeper into Rachel’s [Shiri Appleby] character and her emotional journey, and that path for that journey has been laid by both Marti and Sarah from the moment that they wrote this pilot script that I fell in love with. Sarah and I are both really excited to take all of our characters on to that next journey.Source:
UnREAL is switching things up for season three.
Lifetime’s addictive drama will be changing things up when the next season rolls around and will be featuring a female suitor — a suitress, if you will, the network announced in atypical fashion Tuesday on Facebook Live.
“There will be 25 men on set and Rachel will hook up with all of them,” Shiri Appleby teased of the new set-up for UnREAL’s fictitious dating show, Everlasting.
“You won’t only have two strong female leads, but we’re going to add a third one,” Constance Zimmer said, before half-joking to Appleby, “I wonder how many of the 25 men you get together with and Quinn will get together with.”
Leading up to the announcement, Appleby and Zimmer played their own version of “Two Lies and a Truth,” in which fans were tasked to guess what the season three “truth” was.
Afterward, ET jumped on the phone with Appleby, who elaborated further on the change in format for Everlasting.
“We’re so excited and looking forward to it. I think it will be great to add another strong female to the mix, someone to really battle with Quinn and Rachel,” Appleby told ET exclusively on Tuesday. “And then, put them in an environment with all of these men and see how they react.”
The 37-year-old actress expressed excitement over the format tweak, saying that “it will shake up the show and make everything feel really fresh.” “I couldn’t be more excited about it,” Appleby added.
Masters of Sex alumna Caitlin Fitzgerald has joined the Season 3 cast of Lifetime’s critically praised series UnReal as Everlasting’s “suitress”. Determined to have her pick of eager male suitors, Serena (Fitzgerald) will face off with Everlasting’s queen bees, producers Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) who are shaking things up, all for the sake of ratings.Source:
Check out Entertainment Weekly for all the steamy details about the ten feature suitors.
Brandon Jay McLaren (Ransom) has booked a heavily recurring role in Season 3 of Lifetime’s critically praised series UnReal.
McLaren will play Dr. Simon, an excellent psychologist brought in by Quinn to work on “Everlasting” this season. He’s a former corporate crisis counselor who is known as a bit of a “fixer.” Great at his job, he is professional and more ethical than Dr. Wagerstein. After a career setback, he is determined to remain above the chaos of the show – but soon finds himself drawn into the drama of “Everlasting.”
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