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The Creator of ‘UnREAL’ on Turning Her Stint on ‘The Bachelor’ Into a Critical Hit

The New Yorker’s D.T. Max profiles UnREAL creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who turned her stint as a producer on The Bachelor into the hit Lifetime show about the behind-the-scenes lives and drama of reality show producers.

Writes Max, “Beneath the giddy parody UnREAL offers a singular meditation on stardom, media mendacity, sexism, and competition among women. One of the nicest surprises about UnREAL is the sneaky way the contestants emerge as sympathetic—behind the scenes of Everlasting one sees the humanity that the producers suppress onscreen.”