Thursday, September 29, 2016

‘UnREAL’ Season 2 Premiere: Black Bachelor Changes Show

‘UnREAL’ Season 2 Premiere: Black Bachelor Changes Show

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“UnREAL” Season 2 is set to bring in a black bachelor and the expectation is high that he will bring changes in the reality TV.

Lifetime will introduce Darius Beck, the African-American suitor played by “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” star B.J. Britt.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in February, Britt revealed that “Everlasting” will talk more about black issues this season. “Quinn and Rachel are going to touch on black issues a lot. But for Darius, it’s like, ‘Is it their story to tell?’ These [are] two white women,” he said.

“UnREAL” is a drama series that follows the life of young reality TV producer Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby), who is being pushed by her boss, Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) to do everything she can to make their dating show, “Everlasting,” popular.

Another newcomer in the show is Gentry White, who will play the role of Darius’ cousin and manager, Romeo. White told Bustle that season two will be a lot different from the previous season of “UnREAL” which he said mostly revolved around gender and feminism issues.

“The race aspect of this season alone is already a character in and of itself,” said White. He added that aside from Darius, there will be black contestants as well in the show. White said he is thrilled that the show is tackling the subject of diversity in just two seasons in. “I’m happy to be a part of a television show that is a part of the conversation because it needs to be talked about,” he said.

ABC’s “Bachelor” franchise has yet to cast a bachelor of color during its 20 seasons on air. “UnREAL” co-creator and former producer of “The Bachelor” Sarah Gertrude Shapiro earlier said she had raised such issues when she was still working for the show. Obviously, no one from the franchise listens to her.

Meanwhile, “UnREAL” also has a new costume designer, Cynthia Summers. According to People magazine, Summers is the woman behind the stylish ladies of Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.”

Summers has her take on the new bachelor of the show. “We based him off of [Carolina Panthers quarterback] Cam Newton. He has such an incredible fashion sense. It’s so wonderful to see a big man embrace fashion and color and print and put it all together. His fashion sense is impeccable. So we picked up on that vibe and brought it over to B.J. He’s really embraced it,” she said about Darius.

“UnREAL” season 2 is set to premiere on Monday (June 6) on Lifetime.