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Obsessing Over Lifetime’s UnREAL and the Books that Expose Reality TV

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I’m always on the hunt for a new TV obsession, and this summer I found it in Lifetime’s UnREAL. I’d been hearing buzz about the show for months, and when I saw that season 2 premiered on June 6, I knew it was time to take the plunge. Luckily, the whole first season is available on Hulu, so I set myself up with some snacks and settled in for a weekend-long marathon. Holy. Crap. This show is soooo good. It’s dark and funny and tragic and everything I wanted it to be. It stars Shiri Appleby as Rachel, an emotionally unstable producer on the set of a reality show (ala The Bachelor) who seems to both enjoy and be tortured…

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6 Book and TV Spinoffs that Keep us Hooked!

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Sometimes spinoffs get a bad rap. And for good reason:  Dear Friends fans, let’s all keep pretending that Joey never happened, OK? But for every Joanie Loves Chachi, there’s also a Frasier, proving that spinoffs can be just as good –- or sometimes better! -– than the shows that preceded them. Right now, television is saturated with spinoffs. Not that we’re complaining. With the exception of a select few (*cough* Fear the Walking Dead *cough*), most of the spinoffs on TV are pretty awesome these days. We can’t get enough of shows like Better Call Saul, a spinoff of Breaking Bad, or Legends of Tomorrow, a roundabout spinoff of Arrow. But we do have a few favorites, in both the world…

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The Bachelorette’s Andi Dorfman is Writing the Tell-all You’ve Been Waiting For

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First, fans were treated to The Bachelor “villain” Courtney Robertson‘s tell-all, I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain, and now, thanks to People.com, we know that The Bachelorette‘s Andi Dorfman is also penning a book titled, It’s Not Okay. HA! If you watched Dorfman on Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of The Bachelor — in which she was one of three girls left vying for Galavis’ heart before leaving the show — you know that this may just be the most perfect title she could have ever come up with. I wholeheartedly approve, Andi. After leaving Juan Pablo in the dust, she found love as The Bachelorette and chose suitor Josh Murray as her leading man. He proposed in the…

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EXCLUSIVE! The Bachelor’s Courtney Robertson Shares Her Reading List

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Hey fans of The Bachelorette, spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. In honor of Kaitlyn Bristowe getting engaged to the man of her dreams on Monday night to Shawn B., the man who stole her heart, we are sharing The Bachelor Season 16 winner Courtney Robertson’s recommended reading list and an exclusive interview about why she wrote her New York Times bestselling book, I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain (Dey Street, 2015). Plus, find out how she’s moved on since ending her engagement to Ben. We’ve got it all! Courtney Robertson’s Reading List: 1. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer (New Harbinger Publications, November 2013). 2. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells…

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Lifetime’s UnReal is Better Than Any TV Series You’re Currently Watching

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If there’s a juicy drama this summer that’s not yet on your radar and 100 percent should be, it’s Lifetime’s new series UnReal. The dark new satire strips popular reality dating shows (read: The Bachelor and The Bachelorette) down to the bone, giving us the behind-the-scenes look we’ve been dying for thanks to its show-within-a-show premise. If you aren’t dialed into UnReal yet, here’s a quick breakdown: UnReal takes places on the set of the “hit dating show,” Everlasting, and follows the trials and tribulations of the producers, show runners, the bachelor and the contestants as they navigate filming the show all while dealing with their private lives.UnReal is helmed by former Bachelor producer Sarah Shapiro and the incomparable Marti…

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