Love triangles emerge, among the producers and staff as well as the “characters” in the show they’re working on. A whiff of feminism is in the air, threatening to break through the impossibly romantic mansion setting.
Exploiting human emotions for the sake of ratings, casting to create personality clashes, cashing in on racism, sexism and various other forms of bigotry to heighten suspense, the producers of the show-within-the-show are depicted in full viper mode.
Every concern you’ve had about the making of odious so-called “reality TV” is confirmed here: it’s worse than you imagined.
They are terrifying together, someone in the control room remarks — and take that as a high compliment.
Quinn’s ex, Chet (Craig Bierko), the former executive producer, turns up to challenge them for control of the show.
“Un Real” is more than just a hilarious sendup of reality TV dating shows.
It’s a brutal look at the craven industry behind such shows and the shameless executives who manipulate them.
The drama unfolds behind the scenes of a fictional reality show, “Everlasting,” in which 20 beautiful women vie for a single suitor.The producers hope this year’s bachelor, played by B. Britt, a football star and the first African-American to be featured, will make TV history. It’s worth checking the quickie catch-up of the sex, lies, videotape and amorality of Season 1.Her protege, Rachel (Shiri Appleby) learns the ropes in the first season, overcoming any ethical considerations or remorse to follow in Quinn’s footsteps.As the second season begins, Rachel is more and more Quinn-like, down to their shared tattoo.
So much bad behavior, so much potential for eye-popping on-camera nastiness.
The series, created by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who was a producer on “The Bachelor,” and Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), succeeds because it is at once a rejection of the evil that lies beneath the surface of shows such as “The Bachelor” and a warm look at the individual lives involved on both sides of the camera.