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Season Premiere Sunday, March 19 At 8 PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME
“THE CIRCUS” is hosted by New York Times bestselling co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (Game Change and Double Down). Mark McKinnon will return in a producing role with occasional guest appearances. The real-time documentary series will follow the circus of American politics, political culture and government – capturing pivotal moments, featuring interviews with key figures, and offering critical analysis of the stories behind each week’s headlines.
“During the historic drama of the 2016 election, “THE CIRCUS” was a compulsively watchable series, providing unparalleled access and critical insight,” said David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “Presented weekly in real time, the show was also a real breakthrough for documentaries on television. Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, and Mark McKinnon are some of the most respected and compelling voices in politics, and given the breathtaking pace of developments in the Trump presidency, we are pleased to be able get them back on the air with new episodes.”
Mark Halperin has long been one of the most respected chroniclers of American politics. He has covered eight presidential campaigns. Halperin served as co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and co-host of With All Due Respect, a daily news analysis show on Bloomberg TV and MSNBC during the 2016 election cycle. He is also a regular contributor to NBC News’ Today program, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and Charlie Rose on PBS. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Halperin served as editor-at-large and senior political analyst for TIME magazine and as political director of ABC News.
One of America’s most prolific, insightful, and wide-ranging print and broadcast journalists, John Heilemann has covered politics, business, and their intersection for 25 years in the U.S. and abroad. Alongside Mark Halperin, he served during the 2016 election cycle as co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and co-host of With All Due Respect. Heilemann is also a regular contributor to MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, and Charlie Rose, as well as a frequent guest on Face the Nation and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he was New York magazine’s national affairs editor, and, before that, a staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired, and The Economist.