Netflix has swiped right on reality television.
In recent months, the streaming giant has deepened their connection with audiences with the addition of some addicting reality TV offerings including dating series Love Is Blind and The Circle.
For those unfamiliar with Netflix’s The Circle, the series is described as Big Brother meets Catfish, where contestants all move into the same apartment building but never meet face-to-face as they’re all confined to their own apartment.
Instead, they get to know each other exclusively through their profiles on the Circle social media app.
CraveYouTV had the chance to catch up with Bill Cranley, also known as “Best Friend Bill” from Chicago, Illinois, who entered the game during episode 6.
Not only did he gives us the scoop about his time on the series, but he also talked about his recent guest appearance on Chicago PD and disclosed what’s next for Best Friend Bill!
The Circle… that was one hell of an adventure, right?
Such a wild experience! The show did a great job at keeping all the contestants “in the dark” with how the entire process worked. Coming in, I had no idea what to expect or even how to work the Circle app!
How did that casting process work?
The casting process was very long, spanning over 6 months. They first held an in-person interview in Chicago just discussing who I was, what I did for a living, and what strategy I would use to become the winner of The Circle. About 5 Skype interviews later they flew us all out to LA for a final interview which consisted of a trial version of The Circle and chatting with other “contestants” via voice chat.
What do you wish went differently/ what would you do differently?
Honestly, I wish I was brought on to the show from the very beginning. Getting brought on so late I could tell that there was a slight disconnect from me to the other players, compared to what they had with each other. I didn’t get the opportunities to chat with the players that I wanted to and my time spent on the show went by so quickly. My strategy to be “authentic” didn’t play out because I didn’t get to truly build any type of relationship in that short of time.
What was your favorite part about being on the show?
I loved having my own apartment! They stocked my fridge with all of the groceries I asked for and was a nice break from the real life.
What did you learn about reality TV?
I learned that even if you’re building real relationships with others, when you’re on TV it’s all one big competition.
What do you want to say to your fans?
All of you have been awesome! For real so many people have reached out understanding my strategy and where I am coming from, and even though my time in the show was short-lived, all my fans have been so cool. I’ve already hung out with a few fans in Chicago!
At the same time, you were gaining exposure from The Circle, you appeared on Chicago PD. How was that gig?
Unreal! Chicago PD is very different from the circle and reality tv in general. Just as fun though.
How did you land the role?
I act in Chicago and go to auditions! I was asked by my agency to audition, and it turns out I’m really good at getting shot to death 😀
What’s it like being an actor in Chicago? What are the steps to getting a speaking role on a TV show like Chicago PD?
Being an actor in Chicago is so much fun with little pressure to fight against other actors for a spot. All of my actor and model friends are always so supportive of each other, talking about different ways to get booked or ways to become a better actor. From what I hear it’s not as cutthroat as LA, and always happy to help out a fellow actor.
The steps to land a speaking role is all about the hustle! It’s going to 10 auditions in a week not landing a gig, and then having the strength to do it all over again the next week! You get used to hearing “no,” and that’s not a bad thing. I see it as motivation to keep going and getting better at what you do.
What’s next for Best Friend Bill?
Good question! I’m still pursuing acting and modeling in Chicago and hope to land more roles over this next year. I definitely want to travel more this year as well and start up a fun project of documenting the most interesting people, places, and things; hopefully checking off a few things on my bucket list!
If you’re reading this and you have a unique/interesting hobby or lifestyle, hit me up; would love to experience it with you!
You can find Bill on Instagram @BillCranley!
A ‘Revenge’ Virtual Reunion Is Happening in February with Emily Vancamp, Josh Bowman, and More
Emily Thorne, is that you?
After six years, Hampton’s finest are back together again. The cast of ‘Revenge’ is reuniting virtually this February. The best part? You can be a part of it.
Join Emily Vancamp (Amanda Clarke/ Emily Thorne), Josh Bowman (Daniel Grayson), Nick Wechsler (Jack Porter), and Barry Sloane (Aiden Mathis) on February 6, 2021 for the fun-filled festivities!
Fans will be able to play video games with Barry nd Josh! Per the invite, you can “Play Co-Op or Free-For-All in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with Barry” or “Play FIFA World Cup with Josh Bowman!”
You can also take part in 1-on-1 virtual hangouts with 2.5 minutes with Josh, Nick, or Barry.
There’s an option to snag autographs from Josh, Emily, Barry, or Nick or opt for a personalized video message, which also makes a great gift.
And you can even commemorate the day with a T-Shirt!
According to Vancamp’s Instagram story, a portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s, so not only are you getting to catch up with your favorite characters, but it’s also for a good cause!
For more information, check out Tixr.com!
‘Sex and the City’ Revival Officially Happening at HBO Max with Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis
Grab your Cosmopolitan’s and your Manolo Blahnik’s because the Sex and the City is officially happening.
The start of 2021 may have been a little “meh,” but the revival news from HBO Max is here to turn things around.
On Sunday night, Sarah Jessica Parker, who will forever and ever be known as Carrie Bradshaw, posted a teaser to her Instagram page that confirmed a brand new season of SATC.
“I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now? X, SJ @HBOMax@JustLikeThatMax#AndJustLikeThat #SATCNextChapter, ” the caption read.
The short clip is accompanied by Parker writing on a computer. The words “And just like that…” flash across the screen followed by “the story continues…”
Both Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis shared the video on their Instagram pages confirming that they will be reprising their roles of Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York Goldenblatt, respectively.
And if that’s not enough confirmation… HBO Max put out a press release confirming that the upcoming 10-episode, half-hour season will give longtime fans a glimpse at this next chapter for the ladies.
“HBO Max has given a series order to AND JUST LIKE THAT…, a new chapter of the groundbreaking HBO series, Sex and the City, from executive producer Michael Patrick King and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis,” the statement read.
“The new Max Original series is based on the book, Sex and the City, by Candice Bushnell and the original TV series created by Darren Star. The series will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s,” it added.
Production is set to begin in the spring, so no release date has been announced for now.
But honestly, this is the best news we’ve heard in awhile.
Not even COVID can stop these ladies!
The only thing missing is Kim Catrall, who has been very clear over the years that she will never reprise her role of Samantha Jones.
The original series aired on HBO from 1998-2004. It was followed by two spin-off films that premiered in 2008 and 2010.
What do you think of the news? Are you pumped?
‘Riverdale’ Time Jump: Meet Veronica’s Husband (Nope, It’s Not Archiekins)
Changes are underway for our favorite Riverdale residents when season 5 premieres and this casting news is not going to sit well with “Varchie” fans.
The CW series cast The Perfectionists Chris Mason to play Veronica Lodge’s husband, Deadline reports.
Now, you might be wondering why Veronica has a husband in high school, but the series is planning to time jump several years once it wraps up the remaining episodes from season 4 that were delayed by the COVID pandemic, which include senior prom and graduation.
This all means that in those few years, Veronica and Archie called it quits. Maybe it had something to do with his feelings for Betty Cooper?
The casting also reveals that Ronnie will be making her way to the Big Apple following high school as Mason, who will play a Chad Gekko, is described as a Wall Street banker.
And you know how Archie is all easy-going and artistic? Well, that’s not Chad at all. Veronica’s husband is described as a “controlling and jealous alpha male.” Hmmm, sounds like Hiram Lodge, right?
“Chad is threatened by Veronica’s life in Riverdale, especially her friendship with Archie,” the official description notes.
With Chad and Veronica’s relationship already on the outs before it even had a chance to thrive, does that mean there’s a chance Veronica and Archie reconcile eventually?
While it’s unclear what the future holds, we also know that Vanessa Morgan’s real-life pregnancy is being written into the show. Is it a Choni baby? Or has Riverdale’s other favorite couple also broken up?
Mason is set to appear in the fourth episode of the series, which returns on Wednesday, January 20, and while we’re excited to see how senior year pans out and to finally solve the mystery of those VHS tapes, we also can’t wait to see what post-college life looks for everyone!
What do you think of this casting news? Sound off in the comments!
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