The drama's final episodes have been released on Hulu.
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.
There were some questions as to whether S4 would be the ending when word broke before July that Hulu was acquiring the rights, (it seemed a curious deal to buy the show and then cancel it,) but it sounds like the show was done whether Hulu got involved or not. I think mostly Hulu wanted A) a finale for the series to help cement its value as a streamable show, B) a season of a show to test the binge approach of network-to-streaming (Hulu wavers between binge-launching and week-to-week releasing its shows) and C) to grab the show up and make some headlines (Lifetime had renewed a S4 before S3 even aired, but S2 didn't do as well as expected and S3 was even worse, so Lifetime had spoiled product on its hands that Hulu could actually spin into a win.)
There is AFAIK no official word yet if Lifetime will get S4 to air, but there is some expectation that the channel may some day burn it off once Hulu has squeezed out a good deal of the binge value.
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