Lifetime’s ‘UnREAL’ Bolsters Creative Team

September 04, 2015 11:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg

'Judging Amy' alum Carol Barbee has joined the series and will reunite with showrunner Marti Noxon after consulting on her Bravo show, 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce.'“UnREAL” with Marti Noxon (inset)  James Dittiger; AP Images/Invision

‘Judging Amy’ alum Carol Barbee has joined the series and will reunite with showrunner Marti Noxon after consulting on her Bravo show, ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.’

Lifetime’s UnREAL is bolstering its creative team for season two.

Judging Amy alum Carol Barbee has joined the series as an executive producer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. She will reunite with showrunner Marti Noxon on the Lifetime series after previously working with her on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce

In addition to Barbee, who will help Noxon given her busy schedule juggling multiple shows at the same time, UnREAL has also promoted co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro to exec producer. The drama, which became a summer sensation, is based on Shapiro’s short Sequin Raze.

Head writer/exec producer Stacy Rukeyser (The Lying Game, Greek, Crash) has also been promoted to exec producer, with Robert M. Sertner and Sally DeSipio also remaining on board as exec producers.

The drama follows the crazy contestants and the producers behind the scenes of a faux Bachelor-esque dating show. Shiri Appleby stars as the staffer whose job is to manipulate the show-within-the-show’s relationships.

Shapiro, who was an associate producer on The Bachelor, serves as a producer on UnREAL and made her scripted writing debut on the series.

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Barbee’s lengthy credits include Dig, Touch, Hawaii Five-0, Three Rivers The Beautiful Life, Swingtown, Jericho and Providence. She’s repped by WME, manager Doug Draizin and Hansen Jacobson.

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Melissa Rivers: Remembering Joan  – ARTICLE

Melissa Rivers is commemorating one of her most painful memories with some of her most cherished – and hilarious.

The TV personality’s legendary mother, comic Joan Rivers, passed away after complications from throat surgery on Sept. 4, 2014, and Melissa noted the one-year anniversary with a touching message via Joan’s Twitter page on Friday.

The “Fashion Police” co-host told followers that this has been “the year of firsts” since Joan’s passing.

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“First holidays, first birthdays, first everything without mom, without grandma,” she wrote. “While it’s been difficult, I’ve been amazed by the outpouring of love and overwhelming kindness we’ve received from family, friends and people whose lives were touched by the woman they knew as Joan – a woman we all miss so very much.”

Melissa is just one of many paying tribute to the late icon’s lasting legacy. On Thursday, “Fashion Police” aired a special episode titled “Celebrating Joan,” and recalled some of the star’s most memorable celebrity encounters on the series.

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Featuring appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kris Jenner, Sarah Silverman, Big Sean, Martha Stewart and others, the highlight reel reminded viewers what made Joan’s humor so unforgettable.

“Not only did I never know what was going to come out of my mother’s mouth, neither did the stars who were brave enough to sit in the hot seat,” Melissa said. 

— Erin Biglow

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Caitlyn Jenner: I Wore a Bra and Pantyhose Under My Suit When Giving Motivational Speeches as Bruce

Coming clean as her most authentic self! Caitlyn Jenner sat down with Ellen DeGeneres for her first talk show appearance since her Diane Sawyer interview and the ESPYS. The two sat down for a segment airing Tuesday, Sept. 8 — and the former Olympian was open to talking about all aspects of her life, past and present.

At one point during the interview, DeGeneres pointed out that the 65-year-old reality star made many public appearances as Bruce Jenner back in the day — but with a big secret hidden in plain view.

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“So here’s something that I read that I think is really fascinating and this is really gutsy of you,” the talk show host began. “You were doing these motivational speeches, you were traveling around the country and being a motivational speaker as an athlete and as an Olympian, and under your suit you were wearing a bra and pantyhose to feel like yourself.”

“Yeah, I did do that a lot,” Jenner admitted with a smile.

Caitlyn Jenner on Ellen

Caitlyn Jenner on Ellen
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“Weren’t you nervous that if someone patted you on the back or something that they would feel a bra?” DeGeneres asked.

“I was always wearing a suit,” Jenner said matter-of-factly. “So they couldn’t really feel anything under. I was very stealthy. I was good at this stuff. I would literally go back to the hotel room, cross dress, walk out around the hotel, and they never knew.”

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Jenner explained that because nobody expected Bruce to be dressed as a woman, she “never had a problem” with anyone recognizing her.

When DeGeneres asked the former Olympian whether she had ever thought about coming out earlier in life, Jenner said that the timing was never right. 

“Back in the ‘80s, I went through a really difficult time,” she said. “I lived by myself for maybe six years up in the mountains, up in Malibu. I never really left the house besides just to go to work. I was on hormones, [and] I thought for sure I would transition before I was 40 years of age, and I got to 39 and just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t go any farther.”

It wasn’t until more recently that she felt comfortable going forward with transitioning, she explained, adding that her experience with her reality show, I Am Cait, has helped her to recognize what a difference she can make in the lives of others. 

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“There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning and getting to be your authentic self,” she said.

Tune into The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, Sept. 8, to see what else Jenner had to say about her experience coming out so publicly.

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