EXCLUSIVE: The Circle has cemented itself as one of Netflix’s longest-running reality formats with a double series recommission, as filming moved from the UK to Atlanta.
Seasons 6 and 7 of Studio Lambert’s social media-style format were recently shot in the city, with the sixth set to air next spring. The Circle used to be filmed in Manchester.
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In The Circle, a number of players move into separate apartments within the same building. Contestants are kept isolated from the outside world and each other and are not allowed to meet or communicate face-to-face, instead speaking via a social media app that gives them the ability to portray themselves in any way they choose. Every few days, contestants are ‘rated’ by the others and the lowest are eliminated.
With the block of apartments used for Manchester filming having been converted back to regular flats, Netflix was seeking a new home for The Circle and the Atlanta base is understood to be larger, allowing producers to make full use of the apartment building. The space functions as a central hub, offering accommodations for both cast and crew, while also serving as the location for the control room and editing bays. Georgia also has a lucrative tax credit, and the likes of Love is Blind and Lego Masters already film there.
Starting life on the UK’s Channel 4, The U.S. Circle is now the sole version of the format playing around the world. It is one of Netflix’s longest-running reality shows.
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