UnREAL Season 3 Starts Filming, Bates Motel Wraps Up Series Finale

UnREAL Season 3 Stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer
Photo by James Dittiger Copyright A+E Networks 2017

This week, UnREAL season 3 starts filming in Vancouver and British Columbia while sadly, Bates Motel wraps up filming of its series finale.

UnREAL – Season 3 (TV Series)
Lifetime’s hit reality TV parody series UnREAL season 3 starts filming in Vancouver and area today. If you haven’t seen the show yet, it’s a comical, yet sometimes dark, look at what really goes on behind the scenes of a reality TV show. The show-within-a-show format centres around a fictitious reality dating series called “Everlasting” which closely resembles The Bachelor. Series leads Shiri Appleby (Swimfan, Life Unexpected) and Constance Zimmer (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., House of Cards) play Rachel and Quinn, the two master manipulators that stir up the drama that makes for good television.

Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro created UnREAL, which was heavily inspired by Sarah’s award-winning indie short film called Sequin Raze. You can check out the Sequin Raze short film at the bottom of this post.

UnREAL season 3 will feature the show’s first female suitor, Serena, who will be played by Caitlin Fitzgerald (Masters of Sex, Rectify). In true Bachelorette form, several men will compete to earn Caitlin’s hand in marriage by the end of the show, and the audience will get to see what happens off camera to get to those emotional and dramatic moments.

Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly announced the cast who will play some the contestants. The list includes includes notable names such as Marcus Rosner (When Calls the Heart, Autumn in the Vineyard), Cameron Bancroft (Cedar Cove, The Wedding March) and Terry Chen (Continuum, Van Helsing). All 3 actors have appeared in tons of Vancouver-filmed productions in addition to what’s mentioned.

Craig Bierko (Cinderalla Man), Josh Kelly (One Life to Live, Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (Stargate Universe) and Genevieve Buechner (The 100) will be returning to reprise their roles as Chet, Jeremy, Jay and Madison respectively. They will be joined by Kassandra Clementi (Home and Away, Single Ladies) as Crystal, Jaime Callica (The Romeo Section, Power Rangers) as Xavier and Chelsea Hobbs (Make It or Break It) as Charlie. Clementi and Callica both play new love interests for Chet and Jay respectively while Hobbs joins the crew of ‘Everlasting’ as a new camera assistant.

Sequin Raze: The Short Film That Inspired UnREAL

Check out Sequin Raze, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s award-winning short film that inspired the UnREAL TV series. It’s amazing to see the similarities or parallels between the short film and the series.

UnREAL season 3 is scheduled to continue filming in Vancouver and British Columbia until May 11th and will premiere in early 2018.

For a full list of what’s filming in Vancouver and British Columbia right now, check out our In Production page.

Wrapping Up This Week

Bates Motel – Season 5 (TV Series)
After 5 seasons which were filmed entirely in British Columbia, Bates Motel officially wrapped up their last day on January 31st. It’s been sad to see crews disassembling the iconic house set they built back in 2012. The Bates Motel and house filming location is located near 1060 272 Street in Aldergrove.

@chefbk11 got a pic of the house just as demolition began:

Bates Motel season 5 premieres on Monday, February 20th at 10pm on A&E. Check out a teaser featuring the first look at Rihanna as Marion Crane:

Also Wrapping Up This Week

  • Love At First Bark (TV Movie) with Jana Kramer, Sarah Edmondson, Anna Van Hooft, Leanne Lapp, Kevin McGarry, Natasha Burnett and Jaime M. Callica wraps up today

If you see any of these productions, including UnREAL season 3 filming in Vancouver and British Columbia, be sure to let us know by tweeting us (@WhatsFilming) or via our Submit a Location page.