Monday, July 16, 2018

Drama series, UnReal, on Lifetime cancelled after 4 seasons, latest season likely to only make its debut on DStv in Africa in 2019.

The drama series UnReal shown on A+E Networks Africa's Lifetime (DStv 131) channel has been quietly cancelled after 4 seasons.

UnReal that followed the drama behind-the-scenes on the set of a fictional American dating reality show, Everlasting, had its 3rd season broadcast on Lifetime since April in South Africa and across Africa earlier this year.

So far there's no word about whether DStv subscribers will be seeing the 4th season of UnReal with A+E Networks that didn't announce the cancellation news.

Instead the shortened 4th season's 8 episodes of UnReal with Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer made their debut on Monday 16 July on America's subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, Hulu - again with no word on whether it might show up later on Lifetime in the United States.

UnReal remains fully-owned by A+E Studios. The 4th season of UnReal - if shown on Lifetime Africa - will only be able to be shown during 2019 at the earliest.

"UnReal has captivated audiences on Hulu since season one, so when this opportunity came to us, we knew we couldn't miss out," said Craig Erwich, the senior vice president for content at Hulu in a statement on Monday.

"This is a unique way to both satisfy fans of the show, while also continuing to introduce it to new audiences."

Barry Jossen, A+E Studios executive vice president, says "We love season four of UnReal and its visionary creativity in bringing back many favourite characters for an all-star competition".

"When the opportunity to partner with Hulu arose, we immediately saw the huge benefit to UnReal's loyal fans, as well as a unique way of recruiting first-time viewers to this ground-breaking series."

"UnReal has been an incredible ride filled with awards, critical recognition, committed fans and, best of all, insightful cultural dialogue throughout its run. We expect season four to deliver another great round of cultural influence with its timely themes."