‘The Circle’ Season 3 Confirmed; Everything We Know About the New Season

In January 2020, Netflix introduced The Circle — a social media competition unlike any other. The Circle turns social media into a game by combining shows like CatfishBig Brother, and Black Mirror. Now, The Circle is back with season 3. Find out when the new episodes of The Circle will drop on Netflix and what fans can expect in the new season. 

Michelle Buteau hosting the Netflix series 'The Circle'
Michelle Buteau | Ben Blackall/NETFLIX ©2021

‘The Circle’ Season 3 will premiere Sept. 8

Deadline confirms a new season of The Circle will be released on Netflix this September. As Netflix did with season 2, season 3 of The Circle will drop in a staggered format. New episodes will go live on Wednesdays, with the finale airing on Sept. 29.

‘The Circle’ Season 3 cast speculation

Eight new contestants will enter the circle in season 3. They’ll flirt, make enemies, and create alliances while competing in a series of challenges for their chance to win $100,000. 

As with the past two seasons of the Netflix competition series, the names of the season 3 contestants are unknown at this time. However, considering the previous cast members, fans will likely see contestants from all walks of life. 

One thing is for sure about season 3 of The Circle. Michelle Buteau will return as the host. Most will recognize the reality talk show star and stand-up comedian from shows like Key and PeeleRussian Doll, and Rick and Morty

‘The Circle’ Season 1 recap 

Joey Sasso won the first US season of The Circle on Jan. 15, 2020. He played the game as himself — players can choose whether they want to “catfish” other players or not — a 25-year-old from Rochester, New York. The runners up from The Circle Season 1 include Shubham Goel, Samantha “Sammie” Cimarelli, Chris Sapphire, and Seaburn Williams.

Who won ‘The Circle’ Season 2?

A “catfish” won season 2 of The Circle, proving it doesn’t always pay to be yourself. Deleesa St. Agathe played the game as her husband, Trevor, taking home the grand prize on May 5, 2021.

St. Agathe is married, but she played the game as a “single father” to tug at the heartstrings of her competition. She beat Chloe Veitch, Courtney Linsen, Lee Swift, and Jack Atkins & Lisa Delcampo, who played as a duo. 

Casting is still open for future seasons of ‘The Circle’

Thanks to the success The Circle has experienced, The Hollywood Reporter confirms the show would return with more seasons. “It’s been incredible to see Netflix members everywhere respond to the raw, authentic stories of real people and real stakes,” said Brandon Riegg, VP of Nonfiction and Comedy Specials at Netflix.

If you want to compete in The Circle Season 4, there’s still time to apply! The application asks for some basic information, including why you want to be on the show. 

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According to casting director Erin Tomasello, The Circle isn’t interested in fake people — which is ironic, considering you can be fake on the show. “Don’t say things you think we want to hear,” she told Slate. Instead, she suggests being your authentic self and saving the fake stuff for the competition. The application deadline is Oct. 2021.

Catch up on the first two seasons of The Circle on Netflix before season 3 starts on Sept. 8.