Netflix Reveals New & Returning Unscripted Series


Netflix has renewed The Circle, Indian Matchmaking and The American Barbecue Showdown and has given the green light for Roaring Twenties.

The Circle, produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group, has been renewed for seasons four and five. Michelle Buteau will return to host the fourth and fifth seasons, with Toni Ireland, Sarah Fay and Stephen Yemoh to executive produce. The show’s third season will premiere this fall.

The show was one of Netflix’s most popular unscripted shows of 2021, with more than 14 million households tuning in within the first 28 days after season two premiered in April. Studio Lambert’s Stephen Lambert and Tim Harcourt are the executive producers for the show overall. Lauren Hicks, Charlotte Smith and Sarah Fay joined them to executive produce the upcoming third season.

Indian Matchmaking, produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation, has been renewed for a second season. It will feature familiar faces and new singletons across the globe as matchmaker Sima Taparia returns. Aaron Saidman, Eli Holzman, Smriti Mundhra and J.C. Begley are executive producers.

The American Barbecue Showdown will also return for a second season, with more of the country’s competitive barbecuers competing for the title of American Barbecue Champion. It is produced by Maverick TV USA and All3Media America, with John Hesling, Erin Flinn, Simon Knight and Daniel Calin serving as executive producers.

The new series produced by Eureka Productions, Roaring Twenties, is a coming-of-age story centered on eight 20-somethings living together as they set out to find success in life and love in Austin, Texas, while also navigating the “new normal” of 2020s America. Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, David Tibballs, Wes Dening and Ian Gelfand are executive producing. It is set to begin filming soon.

Netflix has also launched the largest reality casting call ever, inviting fans 18 and older in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to apply for their favorite Netflix reality shows.

Brandon Riegg, VP of unscripted and documentary series at Netflix, said: “Reality TV is a powerful genre. It has the ability to make you invested in who is going to win the big competition or find true love (or at least a good showmance). It also has the ability to bring people together from all walks of life. We love to hear from viewers who feel inspired and accepted after seeing themselves reflected in our shows. After all, what is reality TV if it doesn’t represent real people?”