Unreal Season 3 Guide – Everything You Need To Know About Unreal Season 3


It’s been over a year since we last saw UnREAL’s manipulative reality TV producers Quinn King and Rachel Goldberg. We left them in the season two finale dealing with epic fallout from their massively immoral behavior. But luckily, like lovable cockroaches, they just keep on coming back, and season three is almost here.

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Co-created by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who worked as a producer on The Bachelor franchise for nine seasons, UnREAL follows the inner workings of a fictional reality dating show called Everlasting as cutthroat Quinn (Constance Zimmer) and her more conflicted cohort Rachel (Shiri Appleby) do whatever it takes to create car crash television. Including actual car crashes.

ELLE.com spoke to the cast and executive producer at the season three premiere event in Los Angeles. Here’s what we know so far.

When does season 3 begin?

The show returns to Lifetime at 10 P.M. on February 26.

Are those people really dead?

At the end of last season, Jeremy (Josh Kelly) tried to win back his ex Rachel’s trust by saving Everlasting from cancellation. To do this, he ran traitors Yael (Monica Barbaro) and Coleman (Michael Rady) off the road, causing a horrible car accident. But are they actually dead for real? Well, apparently, they are. “They’re not alive. Those people are dead, we did kill them,” Constance Zimmer confirmed.

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There will be a female suitor for the first time ever.

Quinn is worried that Everlasting is going to be cancelled, so she’s pulling out all the stops. Cue Serena (Caitlin Fitzgerald, from Masters of Sex), a super-successful Silicon Valley venture capitalist, and Everlasting’s first ever “suitress”—we’ll get to see the tables turned and a bunch of men vying for a woman’s affections this time. Obviously things can—and will—go wrong as secrets and hidden personality traits are revealed.

“What appealed to me about Serena,” Fitzgerald said, “is that on the surface she seems like she has it all together and she’s really in charge of her life and very much in control, but underneath we discover there’s a whole host of insecurities and darkness, and for an actor, that’s the kind of stuff that you can’t wait to play.”

Suitress Serena may not fully realize what she’s in for at first, but she’s a quick study. “I think it takes her a moment to learn the game of being on a reality television show,” Fitzgerald said, “but once she does, she gets pretty good at it.”

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Who will play the suitors?

According to Deadline, the suitors will be played by Bart Edwards (Peep Show, Fantastic Beast), Alex Hernandez (Chicago Med), Adam Demos (Aboriginal Heart, Cooped Up), and Alex Sparrow (Russia’s Bachelor & Dancing with the Stars).

Who else is coming back from the previous season?

Craig Bierko (Chet), Josh Kelly (Jeremy), Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (Jay), Brennan Elliott (Graham), and Genevieve Buchner (Madison) will all return.

New character Fiona will stir things up.

Enter Tracie Thoms as Fiona, Quinn’s old friend from way back. We’ve never seen Quinn have a friend before, and it seems like even that relationship can’t last for her, as Fiona isn’t quite what she seems. “You don’t know exactly whose side Fiona’s playing on,” Thoms said. “It seems like she’s team Quinn, but later on, it seems like maybe she’s not. I start to influence her more to step out on her own, and be the boss that I know she is. I’m kind of the devil on her shoulder a bit, but then it starts to twist and you don’t know who I’m playing for.”

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How is Quinn holding up after a stressful season two?

Despite Quinn’s lack of conscience, we can’t help caring about her, and last season was pretty rough on her personally.

“At the end of last season, Quinn found out she couldn’t have kids, and she preemptively broke up with her boyfriend,” executive producer Stacy Rukeyser said. “All of that was fine because her career was going well. But when we find her at the start of this season, the show’s been shut down for six months and her reputation has taken a real hit in the industry.”

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We can also get on board with how Quinn has had to fight to get ahead of men in her industry, and how harsh things are for her when it all goes wrong. “It’s much harder for women to come back from an embarrassment or scandal than men,” Rukeyser said, “and you see the real panic underneath and what it means to her, personally, to get that back.”

We’ll see some social commentary.

While Serena appears to have it all, a great romantic relationship has thus far eluded her, and that’s not exactly an unusual issue, Fitzgerald pointed out. “I think in the guise of this reality show, we’re asking an important question about society in general. Someone like Serena, who is so successful, is going to be really intimidating to a lot of men.”

As Rukeyser put it, “I find, and so many women find, that the higher you climb up the ladder at work, often the harder it is to find a man, and why is that? I think it’s also really confusing as a woman today because at work you reclaim your time and get a seat at the table, but then when you go on a date you’re supposed to magically and instantly turn into this other creature, which is a much more demure, traditional definition of femininity, and that’s very, very confusing and unfair.”

While reality dating shows typically fuel that canned throwback image of what it means to be feminine, it’ll be interesting to see what happens on Everlasting, since the producers and writers of UnREAL are predominantly women.

“Part of what we’re exploring over the course of the season is who is the right partner for a woman like Serena?” Rukeyser said. “Should she go with more of an alpha male who’s also killing it a work and together they’re kind of a power couple? Or should she go with more of a beta guy who can be more of a support system and might be home with the kids? Women are increasingly the primary breadwinners in many families—these are questions that people are asking. Who is the right person for me to be with?”

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Season 4 has already been mostly cast.

Even though season 3 hasn’t even aired yet, the next season of the show has been cast. TVLine reports that François Arnaud has been cast as Tommy “a charming and ambitious game producer who has been plucked out of basic cable and given a shot at the big leagues.” Along with Arnaud, Alejandro Muñoz, Dark Matter‘s Alli Chung, Designated Survivor‘s Meghan Heffern, Star Trek: Discovery‘s Christopher Russell, and Pitch‘s Meagan Holder will all star.



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