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!
Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren Tapped for ‘Yellowstone’ Prequel ‘1932’
Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren are jumping on the Yellowstone bandwagon.
The actors will star in the drama’s upcoming 1932 prequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Paramount+ series follows the 1883 prequel spinoff and will introduce a new generation of Duttons.
The series has amassed a somewhat cult following, so it makes sense that the forces behind yet another origin story have decided to go big with the names attached to the project.
It’s unclear what role Ford and Mirren have been cast in, but we’re sure it’ll delight considering their impressive acting resumes.
Per the official synopsis provided by the streaming network, the drama will “explore the early 20th century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west, and the Duttons who call it home.”
Pandemics, huh. We know a thing or two about that.
News of the new prequel first broke in February.
“Taylor Sheridan has put roots down for the Dutton Family tree that stand strong and tall, with many branches that continue to engage record-breaking audiences,” 1883 executive producer David C. Glasser said via a statement, adding, “It is awe-inspiring to work with Taylor, ViacomCBS and the entire team on this universe.”
It’s unclear if the plan is to have 1932 span multiple seasons or if it will be a one-season limited series like the previous prequel.
All we know is that if you’re not watching Yellowstone and the blossoming franchise, you’re doing it wrong.
Fall 2022 TV Schedule for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW
As many of your favorite shows wind down for the season, we’re already looking forward to their return.
And with those beloved shows come a slew of new comedies and dramas.
The major primetime networks are pulling back the curtain on the fall 2022 TV lineup!
Check out the schedule below for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and The CW — new series appear in caps!
8 pm Bachelor in Paradise
10 pm The Good Doctor
8 pm Bachelor in Paradise
10 pm THE ROOKIE: FEDS
8 pm The Conners
8:30 pm The Goldbergs
9 pm Abbott Elementary (new night)
9:30 pm Home Economics
10 pm Big Sky
8 pm Station 19
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10 pm ALASKA
8 pm Shark Tank
9 pm 20/20
8 pm College Football
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!
9 pm Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
10 pm The Rookie
Shows Held for Midseason Premieres
A Million Little Things, American Idol, The Bachelor, Judge Steve Harvey, NOT DEAD YET, and The Wonder Years
8 pm The Neighborhood
8:30 pm Bob Hearts Abishola
9 pm NCIS
10 pm NCIS: Hawai’i
8 pm FBI
9 pm FBI: International
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted
8 pm Survivor
9 pm The Amazing Race
10 pm THE REAL LOVE BOAT
8 pm Young Sheldon
8:30 pm Ghosts (new time slot)
9 pm SO HELP ME TODD
10 pm CSI: Vegas (new night)
8 pm S.W.A.T. (“new” night)
9 pm FIRE COUNTRY
10 pm Blue Bloods
8 pm Drama encores
9 pm Drama encores
10 pm 48 Hours
7 pm 60 Minutes
8 pm The Equalizer
9 pm EAST NEW YORK
10 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (new time slot)
Shows Held for Midseason Premieres
LINGO, Secret Celebrity Renovation, SUPERFAN, Tough as Nails, TRUE LIES
8 pm All American
9 pm All American: Homecoming
8 pm THE WINCHESTERS
9 pm PROFESSIONALS
8 pm DC’s Stargirl (new night)
9 pm Kung Fu
8 pm Walker
9 pm WALKER INDEPENDENCE
8 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:30 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8 pm MAGIC WITH THE STARS
9 pm World’s Funniest Animals
9:30 pm World’s Funniest Animals
8 pm FAMILY LAW
9 pm Coroner (new night)
Shows Held for Midseason Premieres
The Flash, GOTHAM KNIGHTS, Masters of Illusion, Nancy Drew, RECIPE FOR DISASTER, Riverdale (final season), Superman & Lois
‘Legacies’ Canceled at The CW – Season 4 Will be the Last
It’s the end of a franchise on The CW.
The network officially canceled Legacies, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.
The news, while heartbreaking, might not be unexpected for those who have been following along and awaiting a verdict.
Things didn’t bode well for the series after the network banished the remaining three episodes from their scheduled May airdates to the month of June.
And when The CW canceled Dynasty, Roswell, New Mexico, Charmed, In the Dark, and 4400 earlier today, things looked even bleaker for the Danielle Russell-led series.
Admittedly, Legacies never reached the heights that its predecessors did, and viewership has only been dwindling.
The series will come to an end with its fourth season.
The CW really broke took a jab at so many fandoms today!
Bad news today. But the GOOD news is we have so much love and support from such a wonderful fandom. The biggest of hugs to all of you. Can't wait for you to see how the series ends. We're going out with a bang and you're gonna love it. #Legacies
— Legacies Writers (@LegaciesW) May 13, 2022
Deadline reports that the network is currently in talks to be sold to station group Nexstar, which could explain the decision to slice its programing roster in half.
It previously canceled Batwoman and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Back in March, the network gave green lights for several of its dramas: All American renewed for season 5, The Flash renewed for season 9, Kung Fu renewed for season 3, Superman & Loisrenewed for season 3, Nancy Drew renewed for season 4, Riverdale renewed for season 7, Walker renewed for season 3.
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