1:35pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Lifetime Renews 'UnREAL' for Second Season
Lifetime is getting ready for more UnREAL. After airing just five episodes of the freshman drama, the cable network has handed out a sophomore renewal of 10 episodes set for 2016.
Co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, the series is averaging nearly 5 million viewers across platforms and recently nabbed a Most Exciting New Series nom at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards
"We couldn’t be more proud to bring back UnREAL," said network executive vp and head of programming Liz Gateley. "With authentically flawed characters, sharp storytelling and impeccable performances, this show is propelling our brand in a truly exciting direction — an unexpected and bolder Lifetime. We are thrilled to continue our work with Marti and Sarah and the incredible A+E Studios team, as we together bring a new generation of viewers to Lifetime.”
UnREAL has skewed younger for a Lifetime original series, with its median age currently at 43.
The drama stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer as producers of a Bachelor-esque dating competition, Everlasting, and offers a chaotic (if fictional) look behind the scenes of a major reality show.