In the new season Rachel and Quinn, last seen reluctantly declaring their love for each other, will clash (but not before they get matching tattoos that read "money, dick, power"). It's something fans of the pair – arguably the most complex female characters we've seen on screen in recent years – will doubtless love.
While Quinn was Rachel's boss and mentor, this season they're on equal ground.
"I've given Rachel a promotion, moved her up to showrunner, and it doesn't go well… which is upsetting. So it's a power struggle. There are lots of power struggles going on between men and women – between Chet and Quinn and Rachel and they bring somebody in to babysit us because none of us seem like we're in control," says Zimmer. "You can only imagine what that does to the triangle."
Chet (Craig Bierko) is back "with a vengeance", having returned from a paleolithic men's retreat, cleaner and fitter, and determined to wrest back his kingdom.
"He's got his 'manhood' back and claims that he was living in a fog, eating poorly and doing drugs – so now he wants the show back. Quinn of course, is not going to let that happen," says Zimmer.
And as for the program itself, the new Everlasting goes somewhere the real Bachelor has never gone in 20 seasons: their "suitor" is a black man. B.J. Britt plays an NFL quarterback Darius Hill, who, like his predecessor Adam (Freddie Stroma), is in need of some positive PR. The new contestants, all a little younger this time around, are equally as provocative, from a Confederate-flag bikini-wearing racist to a football princess, a black rights activist ("the blacktivist" as Quinn quickly christens her) and a woman with a recently deceased fiance.
"The writers thought this was a story that needs to be told from … behind the lines," says Zimmer of the black suitor.
"It's been interesting and daring and provocative because we're not really trying to say that we have the answers – and I don't really know if we're even asking the right questions – but the producers and the writers felt it was something that needed to be talked about so it feels like we're giving out facts and trying to shine some light into some dark corners."
Having starred in Entourage, Boston Legal and House of Cards in similarly hard-arsed roles, Zimmer is accustomed to playing strong female characters, but Quinn is next-level.
"Playing her is exhausting," she says, laughing. "Seriously – I tend to be completely wiped out at the end of day's filming. We do really feel like we are puppet masters and we get to feel like we're manipulating situations."
But playing such a ruthless bitch is also fun.
"Because you don't get to do that in real life and get away with it," she says. "We all care what people think about us but Quinn really just doesn't care."
Which, really, if she was a male character, might not seem so unusual.
But UnREAL, created by TV veteran Marti Noxon (Buffy, Mad Men and Grey's Anatomy) and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who worked as an associate producer on the real Bachelor, is at its heart, a feminist program, with not one but two ball-busting female leads unlike any others on television. Manipulation, amorality, selfishness – even any kind of imperfection tend to be qualities traditionally attributed to male leads.
"Rachel and Quinn are definitely flawed and complicated … that's what, I think, people were drawn to," says Zimmer.
"You have two anti-heroes at the helm who you might not necessarily like, but you could definitely relate to them in one way or another – their struggles, their weaknesses, their anger… you see how those kinds of women can treat other women, where that goes wrong, and also what supporting another woman can do. It's definitely fun to explore all the aspects and all the levels of feminism or what it means to be a feminist."
Ruthless, manipulative and almost entirely unlikeable for sure, but feminists nonetheless.
"Some people are willing to cross much greater lines than others and I think that's what makes the show what it is," says Zimmer. "Most people have limits – but with Quinn and Rachel, we have yet to find their limits."
WHAT UnREAL, season 2
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Topic- TV shows and how they impact teenagers in this generation.
Get home, eat something, do a bit of homework, watch vampire diaries at 7, then gossip girl at 8, have an hour break to study, and jersey shore at 10. This is what a lot of teenagers do after they get home from school. I mean what else do they have to do? Homework? Who does homework these days? These shows are way more important than homework. They teach teenagers so much more.
Take Gossip girl, every teenager has his or her drama with friends and boyfriends and girlfriends. This show teaches teenagers how to cope with all of those things and how to stay best friends forever. Even if you’re best friend might have stole your boyfriends or girlfriends a few times, and even if you’re best friend had gotten in jail and went to rehab. After everything that you guys done to each other, you should always, always stay best friends. And even though you and your boyfriend are absolutely in love sometimes its okay to break up with him or her for no reason at all, just because you woke up one day and wanted a change a bit. And then a week later get back together.
The secret life of the American teenager is also an amazing show for high school. It teaches teenagers that it is perfectly normal to get pregnant is high school, and to teach them how to take care of the babies, then the shows teen mom and 16 and pregnant are good for that, it teaches teenagers how to take care of the baby and how to finish school at the same time. As you could see its perfectly okay to be 16 and pregnant because we have all of these shows to guide us along the way.
And Jersey Shore, This show is rated one of the best shows today. It teaches them so much, by the first episode you see how great this shows is. Firstly learning the phrase “GTL” by those three letters you already learn so much. G stands for gym, meaning you should go to the gym to have a nice body and to stay healthy. T stands for...