Gang (well, female gang), breaking news!
I’ve already convinced a number of close confidantes to join Bachelor Nation.
Now, you MUST watch UnREAL.
It’s a scripted “behind-the-scenes” drama on Lifetime about The Bachelor. The similarities are so glaring I’m shocked they haven’t been slapped with an anti-defamation suit, from the garish mansion to the cringy limo entrances, the all-night cocktail parties, elimination ceremonies, the embarrassing spectacle of group “dates” and further embarrassing spectacle of staged intimacy. And they totally nailed the lighting, all purple and blue uplighting, as well as candles! candles! candles! and ubiquitous lanterns, blankets, pillows and assorted props strewn purposely for spontaneous MO’ing.
More than anything else, this show is about what it means to be a reality television producer. To hear UnREAL tell it, Bachelor producers are reality scriptwriters, molding, manipulating and puppeteering real-life people into batshit lunatics who make sensational sound bites.
They are they with the contestants at all times, in their ear, at their sides, gossiping, propping up, putting down, invisible best friends to the people we see on screen. You know all those times a contestant demurely asks the Bach if they can “steal them away for a moment”? A producer told them to do it. And then lined up 12 girls after her for more stolen moments. Or any of the 9 million times this season one of those hambones “surprises” Kaitlyn at her hotel room? There was a producer just off-camera leading the way.
Because let’s face it. Reality is boring. Television is titillating.
Turning reality into television takes a lot of work, money, people, and mind-fuckery.
For further reading, check out this article Vulture published in June, it’s good stuff – What UnREAL Gets (and Doesn’t Get) About Life As a Reality-TV Producer
And watch UnREAL. You’re welcome.