11:12am PT by Kate Stanhope
Lifetime Renews 'UnREAL' for Season 3 Ahead of Season 2 Premiere
Lifetime is investing in more UnREAL.
The cabler on Thursday announced it has renewed the buzzy drama for season three ahead of its season-two premiere on Monday.
Like season one and season two, season three of the series, which centers on a Bachelor-like reality dating show called Everlasting, will consist of 10 episodes and is set to premiere next year.
Constance Zimmer, Shiri Appleby, Craig Bierko, Josh Kelly and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman star, along with new addition B.J. Britt, who will play this season's new Everlasting suitor, football star Darius Hill.
Co-creators Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro executive produce, along with Carol Barbee, Robert M. Sertner, Sally DeSipio, Stacy Rukeyser, Peter O’Fallon and Adam Kane. The series hails from A+E Studios.
In following the mission of Lifetime’s Broad Focus initiative, and as first announced at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast in December, this season of UnREAL also features several female directors including Shapiro, Appleby (in her helming debut), Janice Cooke and Nzingha Stewart.
"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," Lifetime executive vp and head of programming Liz Gateley said in a statement. "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.”
UnREAL has been a major part of Lifetime's rebranding since it premiered last summer. In addition to drawing new eyes to the network, the series also has become an awards contender, winning a Peabody Award, a Critics' Choice Award for Zimmer and being named one of AFI's top TV programs of 2015. Earlier this year, Lifetime announced a slew of new projects as well as a new tagline, "Welcome to the fempire," as part of that rebranding.
UnREAL also is an important part of Lifetime's future because it is produced in-house. The network's other original drama, Devious Maids, hails from ABC Studios. Both series kick off new seasons Monday on Lifetime.