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'Chuck' Alum Boards Lifetime's 'Unreal' (Exclusive)

Lifetime's Unreal has enlisted a Chuck alum into its ranks.

Bonita Friedericy has boarded the Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Unreal goes behind the scenes of a hit competition dating series to follow the experiences of a young staffer (Life Unexpected's Shiri Appleby) whose lone job is to manipulate the relationships with (and among) the contestants in order to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage producers demand.

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Friedericy will play the series regular role of Dr. Wagerstein, the network-mandated show psychologist. She joins a cast that includes Megyn Price, Freddie Stroma, Bryan Batt, Nathalie Kelley, Francia Raisa, Josh Kelly, Johanna Braddy and Breeda Wool.

Noxon and Shapiro penned the pilot, which is based on the latter's short, Sequin Raze. Noxon will exec produce, with Shapiro producing. Sally DeSipio and Bill Davenport will EP for Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment. Roger Kumble will direct the pilot.

Friedericy is repped by Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier and Devon Jackson.

Email: Lesley.Goldberg@THR.com
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