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!
Disney+ Announces ‘Hawkeye’ Premiere Date
Hawkeye has a premiere date!
Disney+ has announced the premiere date on Wednesday, November 24. Jeremy Renner stars as Clint Barton, and his character will be introduced to a new young female archer Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) one of his biggest fans.
While the exact plot is unknown, it’s assumed that it will showcase the journey of Bishop’s training under Barton to become the new Hawkeye.
Bishop and Barton come from the Marvel Universe and were originally seen in the 2000s in Young Avengers comics.
Hawkeye is certainly not the first live-action MCU show for Disney+, the first was Wandavision, proceeded by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and its latest release Loki.
The series will have some big shoes to fill, as Loki managed to make it to number six on the Nielsen chart with 731 million minutes viewed, making it the best MCU release for Disney+.
MCU live-actions do very well on the streaming platform, as Wandavision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have both secured 28 Emmy nominations.
Netflix’s ‘Sweet Tooth’ Secures A Season 2
It’s official, Netflix’s original show Sweet Tooth is renewed for an 8-episode Season 2. Following its June 8th release, it secured a spot on Netflix’s top streaming shows with over 60M viewers.
The adaptation of the popular DC comic book series by Jeff Lemire follows the story of Gus, a part boy, part deer hybrid who is on the run for safety. After a worldwide pandemic broke out around the world, hybrids are being hunted and blamed for the outbreak.
He teams up with a motley group to find answers regarding the genesis of the disease as well as the origins of hybrids.
It stars new faces and new names, including Nonso Anozie, Aliza Vellani, Adeel Akhtar, and Stefania LaVie Owen. The hour-long episodes are more like mini-movies, with beautiful cinematography and it certainly speaks to the current state of the world.
While the release date is TBD, we can assume it won’t be coming out until next summer at the earliest.
FOX 2021-2022 Premiere Dates – Here’s When ‘The Resident,’ ‘The Masked Singer’ and More Return
FOX is gearing up for the Fall 2021-2022 TV season with fan-favorite shows and plenty of newcomers to keep you busy.
Here’s the upcoming schedule – set your DVRs accordingly! *Times in ET/PT/ New shows in bold*
Monday, Sept. 20
8-9 PM 9-1-1 (Season 5 premiere)
9-10 PM The Big Leap
Tuesday, Sept. 21
8-9 PM The Resident (Season 5 premiere)
9-10 PM Our Kind of People
Wednesday, Sept. 22
8-9 PM The Masked Singer (Season 6 premiere)
9-10 PM Alter Ego
Thursday, Sept. 23
8-9 PM The Masked Singer (Part 2)
9-10 PM Alter Ego (Part 2)
Sunday, Sept. 26
8-8:30 PM The Simpsons (Season 33 premiere)
8:30-9 PM The Great North (Season 2 premiere)
9-9:30 PM Bob’s Burgers (Season 12 premiere)
9:30-10 PM Family Guy (Season 19 premiere)
Thursday, Beginning Oct. 7
8 PM /5 PM Thursday Night Football on Fox
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