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U.K.’s Channel 4 Warns Commissions May be Canceled Due to Coronavirus

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U.K.’s Channel 4 Warns Commissions May be Canceled Due to Coronavirus
U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, which airs “The Circle” and “Five Guys a Week,” has warned its production suppliers that some commissions may need to be canceled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Acknowledging the ‘unique and dynamic’ situation caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, C4 director of programs Ian Katz emailed producers Monday with advice on how the broadcaster is proceeding in light of the restrictions caused by coronavirus.

Katz acknowledged that many producers are already having to stop production at least for the time being.

“Each production will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with an open line of communication between Channel 4 and the production company for the best action to take,” said Katz. “This may mean that some commissions will need to be postponed, or resume in different ways (e.g. curtailed), and potentially even canceled.”

He explained that decisions will be taken “in the context of
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Love Is Blind Is the Latest Twist on Dating Shows - Here's When It Arrives on Netflix

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If you're used to the usual variations on dating reality TV shows, Netflix might have an answer for you. Their new series Love Is Blind, created and hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, combines several elements of your typical dating show with a big twist: the contestants don't get to see each other face-to-face until after they've made a decision about their relationship. If the unusual premise has sparked your interest, here's the lowdown on how and when you can tune in.

Netflix is testing out a different kind of release strategy for Love Is Blind. In the past, streaming shows have mostly followed one of two patterns: dropping entire seasons at once, or releasing episodes on a weekly basis to mimic the old-school model of watching TV on "real" networks. For this show, however, the 10 episodes are being split up in three separate, staggered groups, according to People. First,
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The Circle: 10 Best Quotes From Chris

Chris Sapphire from Netflix's The Circle is known for his quick wit and "Godfidence". These two qualities made Chris an extremely likable player that audiences just couldn't resist. Chris used his outgoing and loveable personality to gain popularity in The Circle which ultimately got him all the way to the finale of the reality show.

Related: Myers-Briggs® Personality Types Of The Circle Characters

Chris's witty one-liners are definitely a part of what made Chris such a favorite player for both fans and his fellow contestants. He always knew exactly what to say and was always good for a laugh. Keep reading to find out Chris's top ten quotes from The Circle.
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Netflix's The Circle: 10 Reality Shows To Watch While Waiting For Season 2

In the second decade of the 21st century, the human race finally has a reality show that resembles the world they see around them, or, at least, what they would see if they spend all their time on social media. Welcome to Netflix's The Circle, the future of reality television.

Related: The Circle: 10 Things That Prove It’s A Reality Show Version Of Black Mirror

The Circle is a television series that will make viewers wonder if Twitter had a baby with The Real World. After watching The Circle, rather than checking Facebook, try out these shows that should fill the void until Season 2 debuts. Let's recount other binge-worthy reality shows that, in their own right, are just as groundbreaking.
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Message: Every Question You Have About Netflix's The Circle Answered, Send!

Forget Instagram. So long, Snapchat. Smell you later, TikTok. We are all about The Circle, Netflix's latest reality competition series everyone is talking about.  Here's the gist: Eight players at a time live in the same building but never come face-to-face, only interacting through a social media messaging app created for the show. They can choose to be their authentic selves, using real photos and details, or they can decide to be someone else. Yes, they have permission to catfish. After the U.S. version's debut on Netflix on Jan. 1, binge-watchers quickly became obsessed with the show, falling in love with the contestants as they filtered, emoji'd, insta-flirted and...
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The Circle: 10 Things That Prove It’s A Reality Show Version Of Black Mirror

Netflix's newest reality show The Circle just wrapped its first season. The 12-episode series depicts contestants living individually in an apartment building and competing to be the top dog of social media via an interactive voice-activated app called "The Circle."

Related:  10 Shows To Watch If You Like Black Mirror

Contestants don't meet face to face and are allowed to create their profiles however they choose. The premise alone is crazy enough and The Circle is oddly addictive. On top of that, it presents many elements of today's mediated reality in a creepy futuristic way, just like Black Mirror. Here are 10 things that prove The Circle is a reality-show version of Black Mirror.
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Netflix Signs Overall Deal With ‘Big Mouth’ Animation Studio

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Netflix has signed an overall deal with Titmouse, the Emmy-winning animation studio behind the Nick Kroll-co-created adult comedy series “Big Mouth.”

The multi-year production commitment overall deal includes a first-look option for Netflix on any adult animated series developed and created at the studio.

In addition to “Big Mouth,” Titmouse and Netflix also collaborated on the upcoming “The Midnight Gospel” series from Pendleton Ward and Duncan Trussell.

Also Read: Yes, 'The Circle' Star Shubham Goel Really Ran for Governor of California - And Didn't Finish Last

“Titmouse has been at the forefront of the evolving animation industry and is the creative force behind an impressive variety of projects, including our very own ‘Big Mouth’ and ‘The Midnight Gospel,'” Mike Moon, head of adult animation for Netflix, said. “We’re thrilled to expand our collaboration with Chris, Shannon, and the entire team at Titmouse as we continue
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Myers-Briggs® Personality Types Of The Circle Characters

Netflix's new reality competition series The Circle has taken off in a serious way and became an instant smash hit. Executive producer Tim Harcourt made a point to cast a very diverse bunch of characters, noting he wanted the show to be nothing like Real Housewives or Jersey Shore where the cast all fit into similar backgrounds. The Circle contestants are a medley of unique individuals from entirely different backgrounds, but it's their varying personalities really make them compelling.

Related: Which Reality Show Are You, Based On Your Mbti®

Thirteen contestants (plus Tammy!) participated in The Circle, and there's no better way to analyze their identities than to assign them each a Meyers-Briggs personality type, so let's dive into these zany contenders!
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The Circle: 10 Nonsensical Things That Fans Chose To Ignore

Netflix's The Circle, the streaming service's first attempt at a reality TV series, sounds like every other reality show out there. A group of young people enter an apartment and compete to be the last person standing. Except the premise, whereby each player lives on their own and can only communicate with one another via a virtual voice assistant and text messages, makes it totally unique. And it also allowed players to play as someone other than themselves.

Related: The Circle: 6 Alliances We Loved (& 4 That Made Us Scratch Our Heads)

Referred to as "Big Brother meets Catfish," the series has been surprisingly well-received. People are loving the show’s honest and simple nature, the diverse cast, and its ability to demonstrate exactly what is wrong with social media. The Circle provides lessons in not judging others, understanding context, and being true to yourself.

With that said, there are
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Cheer: 10 Things The Netflix Show Proved To Be True From Bring It On

For many years, it felt like the most well-known representation of cheerleading in popular culture was the 2000 movie Bring It On. Starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku, the film follows a high school cheerleading squad as they attempt to win a competition... while realizing that not only has their former caption plagiarized routines from another school, but they've hired a choreographer who is teaching everyone the same routines. Oops.

Related: 10 Reality Shows To Watch If You Like Netflix's The Circle

Thankfully, there's a TV show that shows how difficult and demanding the sport really is, and that's a new Netflix documentary series called Cheer. Read on to find out ten things that the Netflix show Cheer proved to be true from Bring It On.
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Wilmer Valderrama Forces Changes to Family Taco Shop in Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Trailer (Video)

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Netflix dropped the trailer for its upcoming 10-episode dramatic comedy series “Gentefied” on Tuesday, showing three Mexican American cousins trying to save their family’s taco shop in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The series, which premieres Feb. 21, is produced by “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera and “That ’70s Show” star Wilmer Valderrama, both of whom will also guest star. Ferrera also directs two episodes along with co-creator Marvin Lemus, Marta Cunningham, Agora Guerra and Andrew Ahn.

Gentefied” was created by two first-generation Chicano writers, Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, and was adapted from their 2017 Sundance film of the same name.

Also Read: Yes, 'The Circle' Star Shubham Goel Really Ran for Governor of California - And Didn't Finish Last

Here is Netflix’s description of the series:

In this badass bilingual series about family, community, brown love, and the displacement that disrupts it all, three
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And Then We Danced wins big at Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards - Festivals / Awards - Sweden

The sci-fi epic Aniara has scooped four gongs, with a low yield for main contenders Roy Andersson and Mikael Håfström. In what has been called a lacklustre Swedish film year, the clearest beacon of light in 2019 was surely provided by Levan Akin in his heartfelt tale of a forbidden romance between two male dancers in the conservative Georgian dance community, And Then We Danced. It opened in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, became Sweden’s submission for the 92nd Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film and has now been sold to nearly 40 territories. The co-production between Sweden’s Mathilde Dedye and Georgia’s Ketie Danelia, with additional co-production by Julien Féret, picked up the Guldbagge Awards for Best Film, Best Lead Actor (for Levan Gelbakhiani), Best Script (Akin) and Best Cinematography (Lisabi Fridell). Last week, it was awarded the Greta, the annual award handed out by the...
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Surprise! The Building in Netflix's The Circle Isn't Even in the United States

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If you're tired of the same old reality franchises, The Circle on Netflix might be for you: a social-media-centric series that puts all its contestants in the same building, but with a twist: they can only communicate via social media. So where is The Circle building in real life? Although the Netflix show implies that it's some generic American apartment complex, you might be surprised to learn that it's not American at all - the show is filmed in the UK, where the concept originated a few years ago.

Series creator Tim Harcourt told OprahMag that the American version of the show was filmed in the same apartment building as the British original, but only admitted that the building is in Salford, Manchester. However, a bit of digging in British media reports on the UK version of the show reveals more info. Radio station CapitalFM revealed that the British version
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Yes, ‘The Circle’ Star Shubham Goel Really Ran for Governor of California – And Didn’t Finish Last

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Yes, ‘The Circle’ Star Shubham Goel Really Ran for Governor of California – And Didn’t Finish Last
Shubham Goel, the unlikely breakout star of the Netflix reality competition series “The Circle,” dropped a bombshell in the show’s 11th episode, revealing that he was the youngest candidate for governor of California.

And yes, Goel did, in fact, run an independent campaign for the state’s top office in 2018 at age 22 — losing badly to Democrat Gavin Newsom. According to state election records, the UCLA graduate and virtual-reality manager finished in second-to-last place among the 27 candidates with a total of 4,020 votes.

Goel (affectionately nicknamed “Shooby”) finished second on “The Circle” to his bartender buddy Joey Sasso, who won $100,000 for befriending a bunch of strangers encountered only via voice-activated social media connections.

Also Read: Netflix Expected to Spend $17 Billion on Content This Year

The self-styled nerd described social media as “our modern-day bubonic plague” but quickly found himself chasing likes and DMing fellow contestants (including several catfishes) on the series,
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10 Reality Shows to Watch If You Like Netflix's The Circle

If you are one of the many who got totally sucked into Netflix’s first crack at a reality series, The Circle, you might have already binged all 12 episodes.

In the series, based on a U.K. version of the same name, eight 20-somethings (and a few 30-somethings) enter individual apartments in the same building where they must create limited online profiles and communicate with one another solely using a voice-activated instant messaging system. They never meet and have no idea if the people they are talking to are the same people they are seeing in the photos.

It’s a perfect guilty pleasure series for anyone who’s a fan of the genre. If that’s you and you’re looking for your next reality fix, here are 10 shows to check out that you might also like.
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The Circle: 5 Contestants Who Had A Clear Strategy (& 5 Who Didn’t Seem To Have One At All)

The Circle, Netflix’s first reality series that debuted in early January, has been described as Big Brother meets Catfish. In it, eight players enter apartments in a building that are all close by one another. They never meet, only able to communicate through a voice-activated messaging system called The Circle.

Because their interactions occur completely online, the players can participate as themselves or create fake profiles and pretend to be someone else. Most players were authentic, but a handful came in pretending to be someone they’re not. The reason? The idea is to communicate, chat, play games, and interact in a way that will get you voted as an influencer. Each episode, the two people who received the highest rankings become influencers and vote together to block someone from the game. That person is eliminated and someone new takes their place.

Related: Big Brother: 10 Most Hated Cast
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The Circle: 5 Contestants Who Had A Clear Strategy (& 5 Who Didn’t Seem To Have One At All)

The Circle, Netflix’s first reality series that debuted in early January, has been described as Big Brother meets Catfish. In it, eight players enter apartments in a building that are all close by one another. They never meet, only able to communicate through a voice-activated messaging system called The Circle.

Because their interactions occur completely online, the players can participate as themselves or create fake profiles and pretend to be someone else. Most players were authentic, but a handful came in pretending to be someone they’re not. The reason? The idea is to communicate, chat, play games, and interact in a way that will get you voted as an influencer. Each episode, the two people who received the highest rankings become influencers and vote together to block someone from the game. That person is eliminated and someone new takes their place.

Related: Big Brother: 10 Most Hated Cast
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The Circle: 6 Alliances We Loved (& 4 That Made Us Scratch Our Heads)

Like many other reality competition series, Netflix’s The Circle sees players forming bonds, otherwise known as alliances, with one another.

Each player resides in their own apartment in the same building, never able to see or hear the others. Instead, they only communicate via text using a voice-activated instant messaging system called The Circle that is accessed through screens all over the apartments. Is everyone really who they say they are in their profiles? Not always.

Related: Big Brother: The 5 Best Alliance Names in The Show’s History (& The 5 Worst)

It’s an interesting social experiment and proved that when you have to rely on people you don’t know to “rank” you to remain safe in the game, forming bonds is more important than ever. Here are 6 alliances we loved and 4 that made us scratch our heads. (Note: spoilers ahead).
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The Circle: 10 Questions About The Show (& Some Answers)

After plowing through all 12 addictive episodes of Netflix reality series The Circle, you probably have so many questions.

In the series, eight players reside in apartments in the same building. They never meet in person or hear each other’s voices, only communicating through a voice-activated instant messaging system called The Circle and sharing status updates and photos via a profile. Are they playing as themselves or catfishing? You don’t really know.

Related: Catfish: 10 Most Memorable Catfishes, Ranked

If you watched the series, you are probably wondering about a few different things. Here are the most burning questions, some of which we have answered.
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Netflix's The Circle Is a Little Creepy, Very Weird... and Hugely Addictive

Netflix’s The Circle is the type of reality show that you plan to watch only one episode of, just to see what the deal is… but then suddenly it’s dark outside and you’ve blown through eight episodes in a row. Which is to say: It’s amazing, and the only thing I want to talk about.

It’s nearly impossible to explain The Circle (which Netflix has been rolling out in four-episode batches each Wednesday) in a way that makes it sound interesting or worth watching. But: Eight contestants live in an apartment building together, but in
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