“Everlasting” has chosen an official showrunner — and it’s not who you would expect.
In episode 2 of “UnREAL,” Gary (Christopher Cousins), the network president behind “Everlasting,” deemed both Chet (Craig Bierko) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) unfit to hold the reins of the hit reality show. So, he revealed to the feuding former lovers that he was putting someone else in charge — someone who knew “Everlasting” inside and out and could take it to the next level.
As Gary unveiled his plan to the flabbergasted duo, Rachel (Shiri Appleby) sat back smiling. She was convinced Gary was giving her the gig after ratting on Quinn and Chet for nearly destroying the show with their destructive war. But, unfortunately for Rachel, her plan backfired when Gary announced that a new producer named Coleman (Michael Rady) would be taking on the role of the show’s newest head honcho.
“What we see in Coleman for the first time is a viable love interest for Rachel,” the executive producer revealed. “He’s Jewish. He has a nice family. He went to a good school. He loves documentaries, which is how Rachel started out. And I think she can see a life with him. She can see a life that makes sense for the first time.”
But, of course, the idea of living happily ever after will spook our unstable protagonist, causing her to “[fall] apart.”
Appleby explained to the Hollywood Reporter just what her character finds so appealing about Coleman. Yes, there’s an intellectual and physical attraction between the two. But Rachel is also interested in Coleman’s newfound authority.
“Power is attractive to her,” the actress stated, teasing that perhaps not all of Rachel’s motives will be “pure.”
Will Rachel end up manipulating Coleman? Or could the savvy showrunner be the one to take her on a head-spinning ride? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts. “UnREAL” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.