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List Published of Potentially Oscar-Nominated Movies That Can Be Streamed Now

The Oscar nominations have yet to be announced, but with the Golden Globe Awards having been handed out, the field of potential nominees is taking shape. With that in mind, The Huffington Post on Wednesday published a list of 25 potential Oscar-nominated movies that viewers can stream now.

The list includes some obvious choices, such as Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which is available on Netflix. Others on the list are less obvious, such as “I Lost My Body,” another Netflix offering, which is seen as a contender for best animated feature.

Some of the others on Netflix include “The Laundromat,” starring Meryl Streep, and “The Two Popes,” a contender in multiple categories.

Amazon Prime has its share of entries on the list too, including “Late Night,” “The Aeronauts” and “The Report.” Hulu’s candidates include the documentaries “Apollo 11” and “The Biggest Little Farm.”

Several others, such as “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Judy” and “Rocketman,” can be rented for streaming.

Click here to see the full list on The Huffington Post.


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‘Ratched’ Season 1: Release Date, News, Everything We Know So Far

Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched – Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Netflix is reviving a classic character as part of Ryan Murphy’s output on Netflix. Here’s everything we know about season 1 of Ratched currently expected to hit Netflix in September 2020.

The series comes to Netflix with the involvement of Ryan Murphy who has an overall output deal with Netflix. The prolific producer is behind some of the biggest hits on Netflix.

It was picked up by Netflix back in September 2017 after a heavy bidding war over the title with Hulu and Apple also reportedly wanting the show.

What’s Ratched on Netflix about?

The series primarily focuses on the character of Nurse Ratchet. She’s a character from the classic 1962 novel named One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the movie that followed thirteen years later in 1975. With that said, the character has also popped up in ABC’s Once Upon A Time.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest movie

The series is set to be an origin story of sorts taking us back to before Nurse Ratched had evolved to the monster by exploiting people in the mental health care system.

What production company is behind Ratched?

Fox 21 Television Studios is behind the series which may come as a surprise given its owned by Disney now. However, the production company is set up to be an arms dealer for a wide range of networks. For Netflix alone, it’s working on Ratched and The Politician.

The studio is also currently developing projects for multiple other streaming providers. It’s producing Hitman for Hulu, Nevelot for Apple TV+, Tales from the Loop for Amazon Prime as well as titles for Quibi, Showtime and USA Network.

Even Romansky is the main writer behind the show but as we mentioned above, Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan are also involved. Among the directors for the series include Nelson Cragg, Jennifer Lynch, and Ryan Murphy.

Who’s starring in Ratched on Netflix?

Sarah Paulson – Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images

Sarah Paulson is going to be leading the show by playing Nurse Mildred Ratched. Sarah is mostly known for her other roles on Murphy titles such as her recent role in American Horror Story season 8. It’s also worth noting she appeared in the wildly successful Netflix movie from 2018, Bird Box.

Among the other members of the cast include Jon Jon Briones, Finn Wittrock, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, and Harriet Harris.

Where is Ratched season 1 in production?

The series should be coming to a close on its filming. Filming reportedly began on the series in late January/early February 2019. We got the first glimpse of Sarah Paulson in her full character set up soon after the series began filming.

In terms of where the series is being filmed, it’s reported that it’s being done so in California. Specifically, the series looks like its being filmed in part on Cannery Row, Monterey.

Further recording took place in June 2019 in Point Mogu which is also in California. The set-up here looks to recreate a beachside hospital from WWII. Further filming has also taken place in Lucia Lodge in Big Sur.

As of July 2019, it looks like filming came to an end with a few final reshoots taking place. Thanks to an Instagram post from someone working on the project it looks like filming finished on July 5th, 2019.

The series since its announcement has garnered some controversy namely because of its depiction of mental health.

When will Ratched be on Netflix?

We were originally expecting either a late 2019 or early 2020 release date. However, the IMDb page has recently been updated and every episode for season 1 currently says that they’re due for release in September 2020.

This was later confirmed by Ryan Murphy in an interview that season 1 of Ratched would be releasing on Netflix in September 2020.

Will there be a second season of Ratched?

Yes, Ratched is getting a season 2 on Netflix. When the series was first announced it came with a second season order for Ratched. The series was being sold to networks with an intense bidding war between Hulu, Apple and the victor, Netflix.

Murphy has gone on record by saying there could be up to four seasons for the show. The plans for the show would be that Nurse Ratched “would face off against a different male adversary each season; with the fourth and final season blending One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest into the narrative.”

Are you looking forward to watching Ratched season 1 on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.

For now, here are a few more pictures from the set of Ratched.


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Netflix Special Under Increased Pressure After Bombing

A Netflix program that has been the focus of intense controversy — and apparently triggered a bombing attack on the Brazilian headquarters of the comedy troupe responsible for the special — continues to come under fire.

In the latest development in the furor over “The First Temptation of Christ,” The New York Daily News reports that a judge in Brazil ordered that the comedy special be taken off the air.

“The 46-minute show from popular comedy group Porta dos Fundos has been criticized by Christians ever since it debuted on Dec. 3,” The Daily News reports, noting that a problem for many of the program’s critics is that the show suggests Jesus may have been gay.

“’The First Temptation of Christ’ follows Jesus as he returns home from 40 days in the desert with a new pal, Orlando, and Mary, Joseph and his friends surprise him with a birthday party,” the story reports. “Predictably, this show angered many people. Millions signed a petition demanding its removal by Netflix, and people threw Molotov cocktails at the troupe’s office on Christmas Eve.”

The report adds: “Porta dos Fundos is no stranger to Christ as comedy, having won an International Emmy Award for ‘The Last Hangover,’ which depicts the disciples searching for Jesus after getting hammered at The Last Supper. The group is also wildly popular, with more than 16 million subscribers on their YouTube channel.”

Here’s a trailer, but the dialogue is in Portuguese …


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Ryan Murphy Series Coming to Netflix (2020-2021)

Ryan Murphy, Ewan McGregor and Meryl Streep – Pictures: Getty Images/Netflix

The Politician has just hit Netflix but you can expect plenty more content coming from Ryan Murphy over the coming years. Here are all the projects he’s currently working on for Netflix coming to Netflix in 2019, 2020 and beyond.

As you may know, Ryan Murphy is a prolific TV executive and writer behind some of the past decade’s biggest shows. Many of his shows are streaming on Netflix but from February 2018 the writer/producer signed with Netflix has been producing new content exclusively for Netflix from July 2018.

Here’s every Ryan Murphy project coming to Netflix over the next few years that have been currently announced.

Please note: this is a live article and will be updated over time. Last updated: January 2020.

Upcoming Ryan Murphy Series Coming to Netflix

Hollywood (TV Mini-Series)

Confirmed Netflix Date: May 2020

This limited series set during the “Golden Age of Tinseltown” it focuses

Among the cast for Hollywood so far is Rob Reiner, Jim Parsons, Samara Weaving, Laura Harrier, Mira Sorvino, Maude Apatow, and Darren Criss among many others.

Although it’s dubbed as a limited series, the name of the series allows for plenty of maneuver for future spin-offs.

We’ve got more information on everything you need to know about Hollywood right here.

Ratched (TV Series)

Expected Netflix Release: September 2020

Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy re-unite outside of American Horror Story for a reboot of a classic movie featuring the notorious Nurse Ratched.

Alongside Murphy on the project include fellow Glee writer Ian Brennan and also Evan Romansky.

Production wrapped up in late 2019 so we’re expecting season 1 to debut at some point in early 2020. The good news too is that Ratched has already been renewed for a second season.

You can see everything else we know about Ratched coming to Netflix in our preview.

The Politician (Season 2)

Expected Netflix Release: Fall 2019

The Politician first debuted on Netflix back in late September 2019 and although it hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, it certainly presented Murphy’s signature excellent writing staff alongside a great cast for an enjoyable and bingeable series.

The series was given a two-season order and will likely be coming back around the same time in 2020 but with a drastically different set-up.

The only caveat with The Politician is that it’s not technically at Netflix under the deal with Murphy but given his involvement, we’re still including it here.

Halston Untitled Limited Series

Another limited series Ryan Murphy is working on is on the late fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick who rose to international fame during the 1970s and is still an icon to this day.

It’s not Murphy’s first venture into the world of fashion with season 2 of American Crime Story covering the late Gianni Versace.

The series is set to feature Ewan McGregor who is a well-known actor having starred in Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars, Trainspotting as well as a recent season of Fargo from FX. He will be playing the role of Halston.

Aside from Murphy’s involvement, Daniel Minahan is set to direct with Sharr White writing.

A Chorus Line (Limited Series)

A Chorus Line first debuted as a movie back in 1985 but was originally a Broadway musical. In this new limited mini-series set to consist of 10 episodes adapts it for the modern-day and age.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line, set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. Based on the Broadway musical.

If you’re looking for more information on the original Broadway musical providing some excellent context, check out TheaterMania’s article.

Marlene Dietrich Untitled Series

This series will be similar in premise to the aforementioned Halston series in being a biopic limited series based on a famous figurehead.

Jessica Lange is set to play the role of Marlene who recently featured in The Politician in its first season.

At this stage, it’s expected the series is in very early development but it’s been said that the series is set in Vegas during the early 60s at the prime of Marlene Dietrich’s career.


Announced back in May 2018, this new anthology series that will ride the wave of the #MeToo movement will examine stories of sexual harassment in the workplace specifically during the movement.

Each episode would recount a new story with a different director. One of the episodes is expected to cover an account of what happened at the Weinstein Company and one that covers the allegations against House of Card’s actor Kevin Spacey.

Untitled Andy Warhol Documentary Series

Andy Warhol was a prolific American artist and his life will be celebrated and documented in a 10-part “flashy” series.

Beyond Murphy’s involvement, that’s all we know so far.

Upcoming Ryan Murphy Movies/Documentaries Coming to Netflix

The Prom

Expected Netflix Date: 2020

Ryan Murphy constantly dips his toes into the musical space with Glee being the biggest title in the genre. This adaptation is of the hit Broadway show including songs sung by Ariana Grande, Meryl Streep, and James Corden.

Here’s the official synopsis for the show:

A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.

This movie already has a blockbuster cast headlined by Nicole Kidman playing the role of Angie Dickinson and Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen. Also featuring is Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, James Corden, Awkwafina, and Andrew Rannells.

The Boys in the Band

Expected Netflix Date: 2020

Picture: Joan Marcus/THR

Written by Ryan Murphy this will see a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. It’s got an all-star cast and follows a group of gay men that are partying to celebrate one of the friend’s birthday party.

Among the cast is Jim Parsons (also starring in Hollywood), Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, and Charlie Carver.

Before we leave you, we just want to wrap up with some other points, rumors or projects that have been announced but we don’t know enough to feature them above.

  • A documentary on an elderly lesbian couple coming out has been reported by numerous outlets.
  • Netflix is set to continue getting new seasons of Ryan Murphy’s FX output including Pose, American Crime Story and American Horror Story in the US and other regions.
  • In 2015, One Hit Wonders was announced which sees Ryan Murphy team up with Gwyneth Paltrow for a musical dramedy. That title has gone MIA but perhaps could find its way onto Netflix.
  • There’s been plenty of rumors swirling about Murphy maybe bringing Scream Queens to Netflix but nothing of substance sadly.

What Ryan Murphy project are you most looking forward to on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.


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What have you been watching? Including Virgin River, The Mandalorian, For All Mankind and Mr Robot

It’s a bit of a mopping up job today. Already this week, I’ve discussed all the UK TV and the Netflix shows that I watched over Christmas, so today, rather than cover any new shows, I’m going to be talking about the regulars in the TMINE viewing queue – what’s left of it, anyway.

Stumptown and Evil both took a Christmas break, and all the remaining regulars actually concluded either the entire season or the entire series, leaving just those two in the ongoing viewing pile. I wonder how long that will last?

But after the jump, we can discuss the final episodes (for now – they’ve all been renewed for second seasons) of For All Mankind, The Mandalorian and Virgin River, as well the final ever episodes of Mr Robot.

See you in a mo.

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Fanatic Feed: Last of the Mohicans, Thirtysomething(else), and Brides of Dracula News!

We’re ready to round out today’s entertainment news.

We have news about a TV series reboot, a movie franchise to television project, and a whole lot more.

Let’s dig in!

FF 1-8-20

First up, it appears Greg Berlanti has no desire to slow down.

He’s getting back into business with ABC with Riverdale creator Ricardo Aguirre-Sacasa, the latter of which is working on getting as prolific with Berlanti.

They’re developing a new series based on the Brides of Dracula called “The Brides.”

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time a Brides of Dracula-based series has been considered, and it’s not even the first time THIS series has been on the table.

Brides of Dracula

Described by ABC as a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their nontraditional family, a show with the same logline was offered to NBC five years ago.

While that didn’t go forward, Aguirre-Sacasa will write this script (and executive produce alongside Berlanti) for the sexy, contemporary reimagining of Dracula, and he’s done a great job with Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

This sounds like something currently missing on network television, so we’re looking forward to seeing how it proceeds.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Cary Jojo Fukanaga and Watchmen director Nicole Kassell are taking a new series to the upcoming HBO Max.

Last of the Mohicans

After about a year since it was first taken to market, Paramount Television’s Last of the Mohicans has found a home on the streamer with the addition of Fukanaga and Kassell.

THR reports that the series is described as a retelling of the story of an unlikely romance between a young Mohican named Uncas and a mixed-race woman named Cora.

While the James Fenimore Cooper has been adapted for film several times and once for television by the BBC, this will be the first time a series has been produced for US television.

In soap opera news, CBS’ The Young and the Restless has partnered with the American Cancer Society for a story featuring Sharon (Sharon Case) about breast cancer awareness.

In the storyline, Sharon shares with her boyfriend, Rey Rosales (Jordi Vilasuso), that she has breast cancer. He accompanies her to meet with an oncologist to begin the process of learning more about her diagnosis and treatment.

Sharon Breast Cancer Story

In the coming weeks, Sharon relies on the support of her family and friends to stay positive.

“The Young and the Restless has always tackled important social issues within the show’s rich storytelling,” said co-executive producer and head writer Josh Griffith.

“From AIDS and alcoholism to drunk driving and domestic abuse, we’ve consistently tried to focus on the human condition in an open and honest manner. We’re proud to be joining with the American Cancer Society to deliver this important message about breast cancer awareness.”

In coordination with the launch of the story, a public service announcement (PSA) focusing on early detection from CBS Cares and the American Cancer Society with Ms. Case will be featured prominently at the end of the Jan. 9 episode.

Heaton on Price

Fans of Carol’s Second Act and The Price Is Right are getting a treat when the cast of the former show takes over the excitement of the game show.

The entire cast of the freshman series will be on board to cajole host Drew Carey including Patricia Heaton, Ashley Tisdale, Ito Aghayere, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Sabrina Jalees, Lucas Neff, and Cedric Yarbrough.

They’ll also be modeling with some of the exciting prizes while giving them away on the longest-running game show in television history. Here’s a peek:

Noel Fisher is joining The Conners!

The Shameless vet will appear across Shameless co-star Emma Kenney who plays David and Darlene’s son, Harris, as Dan’s brother.

Back in the day, it was revealed that Dan’s father had a late-in-life child named Ed, Jr. (Ouch) Now he’s all grown up!

The college graduate will harbor resentment towards his older brother for not helping to care for their octogenarian father.

Noel Fisher

There is more in store for fans of The Bachelor franchise!

Airing between the runs of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (lest you ever forget about the long-running traditions), Listen to Your Heart will be a music-themed spinoff.

Apparently, the series will “unite two of the most emotionally powerful forces in human life: music and love.”

With recent series including Netflix’s Soundtrack and NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, it’s not surprise that reality is getting in on the music game.

On The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, 20 single men and women will set out to find love through music.


The contestants will be living under the same root, and their dates will be music-related, and as the couples inevitably fall for one another, they’ll compete against each other through music challenges and live performances.

Whichever couple has performances that “reveal their love and devotion” to each other will move to the next installment.

So, it’s like Dancing With the Stars with newly romantically linked couples doing the performing.

Are you in for that kind of thing? Well, set your calendar for April 13 so you don’t miss the premiere on ABC!

One of the most quintessential Boomer shows to air on television is gearing up for a return engagement.

Thirtysomething poster

And in more ABC news, the network has ordered a pilot for Thirtysomething(else) featuring the cast from Thirtysomething.

It’s take a few months for MGM TV to find a potential home for the sequel that will follow the extended families of the original characters including Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston) who will all return for the new incarnation.

Thirtysomething(else) will focus on the children of the original characters who are now in their 30s.

No other details are available, but considering the first series won 13 Emmy Awards out of 41 nominations and had a successful panel at the 2018 ATX Festival marking the 30th anniversary in 2017, all indications are that the audience will be there if the pilot gets picked up to series.

And finally, fans of British television who missed some good series during their first runs on varying U.S. networks will get another chance to watch.

CW Seed, The CW’s free, ad-supported digital network, has acquired the second window, non-exclusive streaming rights to 14 series from BBC Studios.

The pact will bring more than 200 episodes and 150 hours of scripted library content to the platform.

Now streaming on CW Seed, are The Intruders starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Millie Bobby Brown (which aired in the US on BBC America), Atlantis starring Mark Addy, The Secret of Crickley Hall starring Maisie Williams and Tom Ellis, Bedlam featuring award-winning pop star Will Young, and the reimagined adventure series SINBAD.

James Corden’s award-winning comedy Gavin & Stacey, The Fades, starring Daniel Kaluuya, award-winning drama House of Cards, along with Robin Hood, Primeval, Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, Hyperdrive, The Deep, and Married Single Other will be available to stream on CW Seed beginning late January and will roll out through February 2020.


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Will Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ be on Netflix?

Parasite – Picture: CJ Entertainment

Parasite is one of the biggest movies to ever come out of South Korea. Given Netflix’s huge catalog of South Korean TV series and movies, will Parasite follow in joining Netflix? Let’s take a look.

Although it’s best to know as little as possible going into Parasite, what you can know is that it’s based on an unemployed family that entangles themselves into another, richer, family’s lives. It quickly mutates into a different type of film partway through. Avoid spoiler though!

The movie looks to storm all of the awards ceremonies throughout 2020. It also scooped up South Korea’s first-ever Golden Globe award when it won the best foreign film.

Will Parasite come to Netflix?

Unfortunately, no streaming plans for Parasite have been announced of yet. We do know, however, that the movie plans to stream on video-on-demand services from January 14th, 2020. We also know that the movie is getting a select theatre run from February 2020.

Usually, the distributor sells the show to streaming platforms. In the case of Parasite, it’s distributed by a Korean company called CJ Entertainment. While some of their movies are available on Netflix in South Korea such as The Truth Beneath (2016) and The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018), we were unable to find any of their titles available on Netflix outside of that region.

In the case of Parasite, we can envision the title coming to a streaming service in late 2020 but it’ll be sold individually. Given the awards, the movie has picked up, expect it to be highly sought after.

That’s obviously disappointing news but until we get more news, that’s all we know for now.

Before we depart, we thought we’d mention that Bong Joon-ho has worked with Netflix previously. As you may be aware, he wrote and directed the stunning 2017 movie Okja. The movie much like Parasite was an awards magnet and is still regarded as one of the best Netflix Original movies on Netflix (it ranks #5 in our list).

In addition, if you’re a fan of South Korean entertainment in general, don’t miss our 2020 preview of the year where we preview all the upcoming K-Dramas.

Do you want to see Parasite join Netflix? Let us know in the comments.


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The Circle on Netflix: How to Win on the Social-Only Reality Show

Anyone can be anyone on The Circle. Just like on social media, you can be genuinely you in all your glory, a glamorized version of yourself, or even … someone else. The sky is the limit!

And with the odd exception of hitting viral status, it takes some work to get popular online. (Unless you’re a cat. Cat videos always work.)

The Circle, which is the juicy new reality TV show on Netflix, turns this concept into a full-blown competition. If you ever wanted to turn your daily scrolling and texts into a chance for cold hard cash, this would be it.

The Circle Logo Screen

Similar to Survivor and Big Brother, The Circle plays off many of the key reality TV staples: relationship-building, surprise twists, making strategies, and eliminations. Eventually, someone at the end gets awarded a prize. (Simple enough, right?)

The difference here, however, is that The Circle focuses mainly on social games. No challenges will provide immunities; it is up to the players’ personalities to avoid being “blocked” and hopefully make it to the end.

Though, the main hurdle: the players will never meet each other until they’re eliminated. The game is run completely through a TV social app called, (you guessed it) “The Circle.”

The Circle is a unique landscape than anything reality TV fans and competitors have encountered before.

Girl Chat

So, with a new competition style, there are some helpful standards that potential players should keep in mind if they hope to get far and win The Circle. That’s where this guide comes in!

I’ve watched and analyzed the first four episodes of The Circle US on Netflix, as well as the two seasons from the original UK series on Channel 4. These tips are accumulated from what has worked and failed for the players, and separately, what catfishes need to remember if they want to find success on The Circle.

NOTE: As with any reality show, the players affect the season. Depending on personalities and how people react to chats/moves/twists, these exceptions can alter the progression. The guide below is based on the average success and main tips to apply.

With that being said, let’s start with the first lesson…

Competition Capability

1. Adapt.

The Circle loves throwing unexpected twists and changes at its cast. You never know what to expect when the “Alert!” message pops up on the screen.

Regardless of whatever game is launched, a new persona is introduced, or twist affects the round, you need to be flexible. Prepare for the unknown and go with the flow. If you’re unwilling to change plans, you’ll find yourself slowly being left out of the loop and off the radar.

The same can be said about conversations with fellow players.

As you adapt, so are the other competitors. They’re playing the game and building bonds with other players too.

Keep a keen eye as to what people are saying. For example, if the last few conversations with “Shubham” mentioned positive notes about “Joey,” that’s a flag about a potential alliance you shouldn’t ignore.

Every Chat Matters

2. Go For Genuine Conversation (Avoid Surface-Level Chats).

Concise and short chats might be your bread and butter in the real world, but they won’t do anything for you on The Circle. There’s only so much a “That’s cool” or “K” message will translate on the screen.

Ambiguity is your worst enemy in this context. No one will connect with you or trust you if they don’t feel like you’re giving anything back to them.

If you’re too closed off, it makes you seem shady, or worse, boring.

Open up and have a real conversation like you would have with your friends! Show your concern when needed, be fun, or expand on your thoughts.

Making your competitors believe that they’re making friends/connections will curry you protection when it comes time for rankings.

Peace of Mind

3. Talk To Everyone.

Seriously, why wouldn’t you talk to all your fellow players?!

You’re trapped in an apartment by yourself with lots of time to kill. As much as finishing puzzles is fun, use some of that time to connect with the players to plant the seeds of friendship.

The last thing you want going into a ranking or blocking ceremony is for another player to say the dreaded words: “I don’t know them or have a connection with them.”

More than a few past players’ shyness has spelled this disaster on The Circle.

Alliances Forming

4. Mention Some Life Stories.

The best (and easiest) way to foster a new connection is by mentioning stories from your life.

Since the players can’t see each other, you need to build an emotional connection and make it seem that you’re a genuine person. Sharing about your past, your family/friends and something that impacts your life opens the door to let someone into your real-life that they may not have known before.

As simple as this tip may seem, a little bit goes a long way.

People look for commonalities toward making friendships or they want to dig deeper into making a shared bond. Opening up about your life helps to flesh out your “persona” more than just relying on your Circle profile.

The Blocking Ceremony

5. Your Profile DOES Matter!

Speaking of the profile, what you say and the pictures you include are truly the first impression you make to the others. The players have nothing to base their opinions on except for the “persona” you make yourself. Don’t waste this golden opportunity!

The profile is the one bit of power you have available.

Choose photos that look authentic and genuine; ones that show emotion or a story that you can talk about later. These “real” photos make it seem like you have nothing to hide. Photos that look overly filtered and posed send the wrong message and create doubt.

For the bio, go for details about yourself that make you seem relatable. If you exaggerate facts that aren’t true or keep the profile bare, you lead the others to question your authenticity.

And, if you have a chance, lie and say you’re single. Might as well fake a little flirting to win over potential allies.

6. “Floating” Only Gets You So Far. Pick A Position And Stick To It.

The Circle is not the right game to fade into the background or play the middle. Being a non-entity will have you slide faster down the leaderboard more than anything else. Floating works best for Survivor and Big Brother only.

This strategy might help you survive a few blocking ceremonies, but it won’t nab you the game. You need to stand out and become a wanted member of the group.

When given the opportunity, speak up!

Join the conversation and share your thoughts about a position. But, if you do state your opinion, stick to it unless given the chance to be flexible. The players are more forgiving of changing thoughts than avoiding the drama altogether.

Playing the fence on every topic makes it seem like you’re being too much of a game player. This tactic nearly ruined “Kate’s” chances on The Circle UK Season 1.

Stuffed Toy

7. Don’t Let Words Get To You.

We’re all guilty of this in the real world. Words are just words on a screen without the context of the writer’s tone.

So, if a message pops up that is … questionable, hold back from assuming the worst. They could be sarcastic, joking, or merely meant nothing. Your mind will read the situation the way you want it to appear.

Just look at how Sammie reacted to Miranda’s flirtatious joke on The Circle US Season 1! She didn’t even consider it anything else but an accusation of her being a catfish.

That game ruined a relationship that could’ve been fostered.

Waging Chat War

8. Throw Shade And Instigate At Your Own Risk.

However, if a player is coming for you, the best strategy is to take control of the situation.

A sharp one-liner feels good and sometimes delivers the point, but dragging yourself down the hole further with them is only hurting your chances. Your frenemy wants the others to question keeping you around.

So, don’t clapback too quickly!

Stand up for yourself when needed, but let them showcase their clownery instead of blowing up the chat into a full-blown war. And if you’re already deep into the fight, try to turn the tables on them.

9. Alliances And Strategies Are Essential!

Whoever said that you don’t need alliances to win The Circle is wrong. The Circle is a reality TV competition, which means that the players are aiming to win the game too. So, everything is on the table to get the title and prize.

Make alliances. Craft voting blocs. Develop strategies. Theorize a catfish. Throw people under the bus.

Do what you need to do to propel yourself further into the game with a safety net. Making moves is a shaky road to take, but if you’re not building the connections and alliances needed, no one will rank you high or protect you in the blocking ceremony.

We’ve seen a few cases where houseguests have gotten blocked because they didn’t have firm alliances/friendships protecting them, like Antonio on The Circle US Season 1 and Jan on The Circle UK Season 2.

Strategies matter, and thinking ahead for votes can be the difference between winning or losing.

A perfect example is when Ella got blocked at Final 6 on The Circle UK Season 2. Tim and Woody’s chances plummeted because they couldn’t break through the majority alliance of Paddy, Georgina, and “Sammie.”

Confronting The Influencer

10. Make A Real Connection First Before Strategies. Your Gameplaying Will Turn Against You.

As mentioned above, “playing the game” can be a shaky road if you don’t know how to move around. The Circle is unforgiving when it comes to assumptions. If someone has a bad feeling about you, it will be a tough challenge to win their trust over.

One of these red flags is the appearance of you playing the game too much.

If you’re offering deals to every player or throwing out too many theories, you’ll begin drawing attention to yourself. People will start to wonder if you’re lying and trying to manipulate them into protection. And eventually, they might wonder if you’re an untrustworthy catfish.

The best and strongest alliances come from a genuine discussion or when trust has been built over time.

The Circle's Apartments

If you’re a catfish…

11. Assume Your Identity Completely. You Are Them; No One Else.

This tip might seem like a given, but you would be surprised how many catfishes have failed because they couldn’t overcome their dilemma of the fake persona.

Taking on the role of a catfish is embodying a new personality. It’s like being in drama class and you’re acting in a role. (Or playing an ongoing match of Dungeons & Dragons.)

Some catfishes are luckier than others, like those who play characters that are “themselves” but with different profile images and light life changes. These players have an easier time establishing a character; they’re playing a version of themselves, after all.

For those that start from scratch, you need to define your character and make a clear determination to be that person. There shouldn’t be any debate about how your character would look at life or respond; you’re behind the wheel and should know them best.

Alliance Talk

12. Flesh Out A Backstory With Key Details To Frame Your Narrative.

Once again, this tip is a case where ambiguity can hurt you in the game.

Past catfishes have made the mistake of creating light backstories in the hopes of not tripping up in chats. The problem with this, however, is that no one can make connections with them. Once they start sharing their life out of desperation, it’s already too late to make a real bond.

You have the power to create any story you want for your character. Develop the narrative naturally so that your fellow players feel like they’re actually “getting to know you” behind the chat screen.

Kissing The Competition Goodbye

13. Research life facts beforehand!

Elaborating from the previous point: if you’re including anything in your profile or character’s history, make sure it’s something that you can confidently speak about. No one is expecting you to be a master of all knowledge, but some core facts on favorite hobbies and history would help.

If you don’t know soccer, why would you say you’re a big fan of a team? Why say you attended a school you’ve never been to? Why claim to be a mechanic if you don’t know cars?

These moments are the ones you look back on as the questionable moves that lost you the game.

Before you head into The Circle, if you have a general idea of the character you want to be, do some research into the topics you want to discuss. This will help prepare you for any questions that come your way.

Or, better yet: when in doubt, leave it out!

14. Write Everything Down That You Said About Yourself.

Notes and notebooks are a blessing on The Circle. Even for the non-catfish players, writing down key facts about your fellow competitors will help you to pull receipts on any shadiness and catfish investigations that might pop up.

For a catfish, create a one-pager about yourself. Jot down all the key facts about your character so that you can look back and reference to get a better idea of the persona.

From that point on, write down every piece of fact you mentioned about your character’s life in a chat. You can reference those notes and check to make sure that you’re sticking to your story.

A good memory can only go so far.

Spotting a Catfish

15. Keep Talking! Shyness Could Ruin Your Game.

There’s a strange occurrence that happens to catfishes as the season goes on: they slowly stop talking as much.

This withdrawal is due to the player not wanting to lie anymore or they feel overwhelmed by the game to avoid messing up. It’s a sharp contrast and it causes warning signs to the other players.

The Circle (like any other reality TV show) is an emotionally and mentally taxing game that will push you to the limit. But, that stress shouldn’t stop you from playing your game.

You need to talk, build relationships, and stick to your story. Keep your eye on the prize!

Do you have any other tips for prospective players of The Circle? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

The Circle US is now available to stream on Netflix.


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TV Tonight Awards 2019: Story of the Year, Best Channels

The raid by the Australian Federal Police on ABC, and the surrounding clampdown on freedoms of the press, was the biggest story of 2019 according to readers.

It took out the Story of the Year award in the TV Tonight Awards.

That was just ahead of Network 10 dumping all 3 MasterChef Australia judges, followed by Tom Gleeson’s Gold Logie win and speech.

Perhaps the bigger news is that Network 10 has narrowly taken out Best Free to Air Network, toppling ABC from the perch after a 7 year run. The two biggest networks are actually trailing the rest with site readers…

10 Chief Content Officer Beverly McGarvey said, “We are genuinely honoured to have been named Best FTA Network for 2019.  I would like the thank the TV Tonight community not just for the support, but for keeping us honest over the years!

“All of us at 10, and our partners in the production community, will continue to work hard to bring great Australian content to our audiences, and we will continue to take some big swings and try very hard not to miss.

“Thanks again for this very special endorsement, it is a lovely way for us to start the year.”

FOX Showcase (rebranded from Showcase) retains its place as Best Pay TV Channel as does Netflix for Best Streaming Service -can it ever be toppled?

Sam Pang has again been voted Most Underrated Performer -both Have You Been Paying Attention? and The Front Bar were category winners this year.

Wild reality format The Circle claimed International Show We Need to See -a US version is now screening on Netflix having launched 3 days before voting closed.


The Story of the Year: ABC raid / Freedom of Press
MasterChef judges dumped
Tom Gleeson Logie win + speech
Nine wins ratings crown back from Seven
Game of Thrones ends
(2018: ABC meltdown: Michelle Guthrie, Justin Milne feud)

Best Free to Air Network: 10
Nine / Seven
(2018: ABC)

Best Pay TV Channel: FOX Showcase
BBC First
FOX Footy

Best Streaming Service: Netflix
Foxtel Now
Disney+ / Kayo

Most Underrated Aussie Performer: Sam Pang
Deborah Mailman
Celia Pacquola
Scott Tweedie / Jackie Woodburne
(2018: Sam Pang)

International Show We Need to See: The Circle
I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here UK
Station 19
The Kelly Clarkson Show
(2018: I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here UK)

There were 474 surveys completed this year.

37% of you visit the site more than once a day, and 31% once a day.

90% of readers voted the site Excellent or Very Good, with just 2 people voting “Disappointing.”

Thanks once again to all who participated.

Meanwhile Show of the Decade survey results will be published next week!

TV Tonight Awards: Best of 2019
TV Tonight Awards: Worst of 2019


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