Life im­i­tates art im­i­tates life

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - Un­REAL,

Not to get too “meta” but the story of this show, it­self about a fic­tional TV show, in­spired by a long-run­ning re­al­ity show, is rather in­trigu­ing.

Un­REAL is a com­edy drama about the mak­ing of a fic­tional The Bach­e­lor- style Amer­i­can se­ries called Ever­last­ing. And not un­like the com­bat­ive con­di­tions on the fic­tional set, Un­REAL’s cocre­ators Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro have had a widely re­ported real-life feud.

Noxon is a TV vet­eran whose pro­duc­ing cred­its range from Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer to more re­cent se­ries such as Mad Men, as well as writ­ing and di­rect­ing the re­cent Net­flix film To the Bone. Shapiro was pre­vi­ously a pro­ducer on the Amer­i­can ver­sion of The Bach­e­lor.

Ac­cord­ing to The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter, when Shapiro de­scribed her­self as a Mag­i­cal Uni­corn and “the voice of the show, throw­ing up rain­bows all over the board” in a mag­a­zine pro­file, and ap­peared to crit­i­cise Noxon’s ap­pear­ance at a press tour, the writ­ing was on the wall. Noxon de­parted (though re­tains her ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer credit).

The con­sen­sus seems to be that all this ac­tual drama harmed the second se­ries, screen­ing here on free-to-air af­ter premier­ing last year on Stan.

Stars in­clud­ing Shiri Appleby, Con­stance Zim­mer and Craig Bierko re­turn as an­other fic­tional sea­son of Ever­last­ing goes into pro­duc­tion, this time with a troubled AfricanAmer­i­can NFL player as its male at­trac­tion (played by BJ Britt).

In this strange world, peo­ple say things such as, “I’m not manic, I’m chang­ing the world”, and “what does he want us to do, kill some­one in every episode?”, with­out any sense of irony.

Un­REAL has been re­newed for its third and fourth sea­sons. Tues­day, 8.25pm, SBS Vice­land.

Shiri Appleby as Rachel and Con­stance Zim­mer as Quinn in the re­al­ity TV satire Un­REAL

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