UnREAL Season 2

UnREAL Bosses Talk Lack of a Black Bachelor, [Spoiler]'s Return in Season 2

UnREAL‘s decision to cast an African-American Everlasting bachelor in Season 2 was a no-brainer, the Lifetime series’ producers argued Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.

Given race’s role in several recent news events, “There are few things more pressing than this conversation. We don’t want to fall asleep at the wheel,” co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro said. The former Bachelor producer revealed that in her past reality-TV experience, the lack of diversity came down to “incredibly pragmatic decisions” like not wanting to alienate an audience.

Season 2 — premiering this summer — also will explore what it means to have the mostly white media “trying to make a statement about race,” executive producer Carol Barbee shared.

The subject matter has led to “really awkward conversations” off screen, Shapiro added. “The writers’ room has been incredibly intense.”

On screen, UnREAL‘s fictional competition series will look familiar even as it tackles new issues in its second season. “It was so important that this was The Quinn-and-Rachel Show,” Shapiro described. “Thematically, what we wanted to explore in Season 2 was keeping the same Everlasting format, but just changing the guy.”

Added co-creator Marti Noxon: “So much of what we’re intrigued by… is sexual politics;” while last year was about the princess fantasy and the idea of women waiting for a man to take them away from their problems, upcoming episodes will touch on “masculinity and how does the men’s rights movement intersect with feminism?” Shapiro previewed.

Speaking of the other sex: Brokenhearted, vengeful Jeremy is “coming back pretty angry and gunning for [his ex] Rachel,” Barbee teased.

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18 Comments
  1. MissEllys says:

    But when? When? When?

  2. S says:

    Does anyone really care about Jeremy though?

  3. Alex says:

    Oh how I wish they could bring back that sexy English guy to explore the men’s rights movement!

  4. Mak says:

    What I dislike most about the show is Quinn being in love with that mess of man chip or chet, I don’t care how rich he is, that needs to change…Quinn needs a new worthy LI

  5. Joey Padron says:

    Some good scoop about season 2. Can’t wait for new season to start this summer!

  6. Julian says:

    I thought that they would reveal if Adam’s back. Maybe this season Jeremy will get an interesting arc, still don’t care about him. I want to see Rachel and Quinn confrontation.

  7. jph_gsg says:

    So everyone is going to be back in the same roles they had last season, despite all the moves that were made at the end? The way things shook out, nobody on that crew should be in the same positions.

    • Marco says:

      I think that’s kind of the point; everything has basically changed, but, like the famous sentence from ‘Il Gattopardo’ everything changes so everything can stay the same. Not to mention, why would Rachel make her move on Quinn before having her where she wants her?

  8. Essie says:

    I can’t wait for season 2!!

  9. tvwatcher35 says:

    I am only watching UnREAL for Shiri Appleby/Rachel Goldberg. Everything else is secondary. Jeremy’s character is boring. He needs to die a slow painful death. He does nothing for me. He’s a waist of space. Go back to soaps where you belong. Adam at least had chemistry. He became a fan favorite. People shipped Rachel and Adam. They started a petition to bring him back. If you wanted a Black bachelor you should have spoofed Flavor of Love or some other black bachelor type show. Plenty of shows for every single race/sexual preference on various networks. I don’t complain about the lack of white programming on BET. It’s silly. Plus you touched on the lack of/stereotypes of black contestants in season 1.

    • jazzyt2u says:

      Why would you complain when you have so main channels with majority of white people on them. Bring up BET is a stupid and tired argument.

  10. Tara says:

    They didn’t say anything about Adam? That’s who I want back!!! Not Jeremy.

  11. Sadie says:

    *sigh* I just wish they’d bring Adam back