‘The Circle’ Season 3 Is Out on September 8

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The Circle season 2 came into our lives on April 14, and months later, it's back for more. After Deleesa (aka Trevor) took the season 2 crown cat-fishing as her real-life husband, four more weeks of madness are headed our way this September with the arrival of season 3.

Maybe you’ve already been wondering when we get more of this show, because even though we’re all sick of quarantine, we don’t mind watching other people trapped in small apartments as they try to best others in an internet popularity contest. With that in mind, here’s what we know about The Circle season 3.

Has the show been renewed for a third season?

Yes! The Circle was such a hit after season 1 that Netflix renewed it for two more seasons in March 2020. That’s right; pre-pandemic, Netflix had a hit show about social isolation.

“It’s been incredible to see Netflix members everywhere respond to the raw, authentic stories of real people and real stakes,” said Brandon Riegg, Netflix vice president of nonfiction series and comedy specials, when the streamer renewed The Circle, Love Is Blind, and Rhythm + Flow and commissioned a new series with Marie Kondo, Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo. “We pride ourselves on creating a favorite show for any taste, and we’re thrilled fans embraced all of these series with such enthusiasm and shared passion. We look forward to sparking more joy for our members.”

When can we expect it?

The first four episodes arrive on Netflix on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Episodes 5-8 debut the following week on September 15, episodes 9-12 premiere on September 22, and the finale arrives on September 29.

The episodes have been ready for a while, though. Journalist Martin Holmes tweeted in November 2020 that the show had reportedly already filmed seasons 2 and 3.

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Who's in the cast?

Netflix has revealed the first set of new players in The Circle season 3:

Ruksana, 35, from Union, NJ; Nick, 27, an employee at "a big tech company" from Seattle, WA; Calvin, 30, a private chef from Miami, FL; Michelle, 52, from Pacolet, SC; Kai from Nashville, TN; Daniel, 20, a student from Florida; Matthew, 29, a health and fitness consultant from Long Island, NY; and Ava, 25, a singer-songwriter and influencer, who is joined by her sister, Chanel, 42, from Los Angeles.

And, of course, the trusty Michelle Buteau will return as host. Watch the video below to learn a bit more about our new participants.

What new twists will the show have in season 3?

In season 2, we definitely got a few surprises. The biggest one was that two catfishes, Jack and Lisa, were kicked off the show but did not go home. Instead, they were assigned a new character to play. Their character, John, ended up as a finalist, so this model turned out to be pretty successful.

Season 2 also seemed to feature even more interactive activities and competitions, and the players were generally less bored or left with time on their hands. This can only mean that season 3 will include even more twists or added elements to keep things interesting. Right? Netflix must know by now that The Circle fans are the kind of people who enjoy a good plot twist—that’s what keeps a game interesting, after all!

How can you apply?

It’s very easy to apply to join The Circle. Just go to thecirclecasting.com, select your country of residence (the U.S. or U.K. are your options), fill out your basic information, and then answer a few other questions about your social media presence, your interests, and why you’re a fit for the show. If it sounds like I’m speaking from personal experience…that could be true. It’s not hard. Take your shot at that $100K!

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