Among the biggest surprises of the season was Lifetime’s entry into the prestige television game with the juicy, dark dramedy UnREAL, which takes place on the set of reality dating show Everlasting, a sharp send-up of ABC’s The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise. When we first encounter troubled producer Rachel Shapiro (Appleby), she’s lying on the floor of a limousine, surrounded by hopefuls whose elegant gowns clash with her “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” T-shirt. It’s a sign that we’re in for a bumpy ride—UnREAL mines the ethical and emotional depths of a world (which one?) in which how we present ourselves is an elaborate game from which no one is exempt.
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