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UnREAL scores early season 4 renewal

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Long before its third season has even debuted, UnREAL has scored a very early season 4 renewal, Lifetime announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Friday.

The drama starring Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby, which is not slated to return until 2018, will shake things up in its upcoming third season by having its Bachelor-like reality show Everlasting‘s very first female suitor, who will be played by Caitlin FitzGerald. As previously announced, Stacy Rukeyser will take over as showrunner following a shaky second season.

Also announced Friday: Mary Kills People has been renewed for a second season, slated to return in early 2018. The series, which hails from Tassie Cameron (Ten Days in the Valley), stars Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal) as a doctor who helps people in need end their lives with dignity.

Lifetime also announced that production has begun on the network’s adaptation of psychological thriller You from executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Based on former EW writer Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, You is a 21st-century love story about an obsessive, yet brilliant bookstore manager named Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), who uses the hyper connectivity of today’s technology to make the woman of his dreams, aspiring writer Beck (Elizabeth Lail), fall in love with him. The series will debut in 2018. More details here.

The network also gave the green light to two new original movies, Faith Under Fire and The Simone Biles Story. Toni Braxton stars in the former as a clerical worker who talks down a school shooter, while the latter is a biopic on the Olympic gold medalist, based on her book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, which will follow her journey from foster care to the Olympic podium.

Finally, Lifetime set airdates for its fall movies. The Watcher in the Woods — starring Anjelica Huston and directed by Melissa Joan Hart — will debut Oct. 21. Flint, which stars Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Marin Ireland, and Betsy Brandt, and is executive produced by Neil Meron, Craig Zadan, and Katie Couric, will bow on Oct. 28. The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, which stars Katherine McPhee and Daniel Gillies, will debut on Nov. 4. I am Elizabeth Smart, featuring Elizabeth Smart and Skeet Ulrich, will debut Nov. 18.