Netflix have announced that “The Circle: USA” will return globally on September 8th with the first 4 episodes. The reality game show will release new episodes every Wednesday with the final episodes landing on September 29th. In 2019 Netflix bought the rights to Studio Lambert’s reality TV format as used in Channel 4’s “The Circle”. Overall there will be three local versions with one each from the USA, France and Brazil. In “The Circle” contestants live in separate apartments in a single building and do not meet face-to-face during the competition. They communicate through a special voice-activated social media platform and rate each other frequently. Unpopular players are “blocked” and ultimately the most popular player wins a cash prize. Since they only know each other through their online dialogue and profiles, players can choose whether to present a true or fictional version of themselves. It’s a game exploring questions of honesty and trust when people can’t see each other in the flesh.
The US version of the show has already been renewed for a fourth and fifth season.
In The Circle you never know who you’re playing against as contestants bond, flirt, and plot, all in an effort to earn clout exclusively through a unique social media platform. Everyone’s competing to gain influence and avoid getting voted out. But who’s for real and who’s a catfish? With $100k on the line, what would you do – and who would you be – to win?
Expect a trailer in the coming weeks.