July 16, 2018

In a surprise announcement this morning, Hulu revealed that UnREAL will not be returning for a fifth season. At the same time, the streamer also released the drama's fourth and final season as part of a previously-announced deal that moves the show from Lifetime to Hulu for first-run episodes.

Fans without a Hulu subscription are out of luck for now, however, as there is no official confirmation on when the eight-episode final season of UnREAL will air on Lifetime - if at all. If it does return to cable, Season 4 likely won't premiere until sometime next year.

Inspired by reality series The Bachelor, UnREAL follows the producer of a TV dating competition. As part of her job, she manipulates relationships with, and among, the contestants in order to create the desired chaos and dramatic footage required by the show's producer.

The series earned much critical acclaim over the course of its run, though ratings were never its strong suit. The show's juicy storylines did make it a favorite among binge-watchers, who got caught up via streaming video-on-demand services by consuming multiple episodes at a time.