‘UnREAL’ season 2, episode 1 preview: How Quinn sells Darius Beck as ‘Everlasting’ lead


On Monday night’s season 2 premiere for “UnREAL,” we’re going to see the show-within-a-show “Everlasting” do something that “The Bachelor,” which it is based on, hasn’t had the guts to do over the course of a decade-plus on the air: Cast a black man in the leading role.

How are Quinn and Rachel, who are producing this show, going to sell it to the network? It turns out that a big part of it is going to be hyping up just how scandalous they can make the series, which includes hyping up the cast that they have assembled. This apparently includes someone from the south with a Confederate flag bikini, a few women with controversial beliefs, some people who are a little more innocent, and also someone of Middle Easter descent who Quinn, who never holds back the generalizations, refers to as a “terrorist.” You can see more of that in the sneak peek over here.

So why in the world would football star Darius Beck want to do this show in the first place? This sneak peek also reveals that a big part of the reasoning for it is a desire for him to rehab his image after saying “b–ch” in an interview with a reporter, one that makes it seem as though he was hurling the sexist term in her direction. Regardless of intent, perception tends to matter more so than anything else.

We already know that Darius is going to end up getting that leading-man role; with that, most of the drama moving forward this season will revolve around the mere question of what happens next.

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