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'UnREAL'

Lifetime, June 6th
UnREAL was one of last year's most unexpected treats: a send-up of phony-ass dating-competition reality shows, on (of all networks) Lifetime. Shiri Appleby is a producer of the slap-and-cry dating show Everlasting, modeled on The Bachelor — but behind the scenes it's even sleazier and more back-stabbing than it is on camera. Pulling the strings backstage, Appleby keeps finding herself making even uglier compromises — and pulling even nastier betrayals — than the girls on the show that she keeps manipulating into drinking harder and crying louder. Creators Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon clearly know this territory from the inside, but you don't have to watch dating-contest freak-shows to enjoy the stiletto satire. Drink up, ladies!

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