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CIRCUS, THE: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH
Air Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on SHOWTIME
Episode Title: (#201) "Shocking But Not Surprising"
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EVENTS IN TRUMP'S WASHINGTON ARE "SHOCKING BUT NOT SURPRISING" IN A NEW SEASON OF THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH PREMIERING SUNDAY, MARCH 19 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON SHOWTIME(R)

First Episode Features Behind-The-Scenes Footage And Backstage Access From Air Force One To Capitol Hill

NEW YORK - March 17, 2017 - The groundbreaking, real-time political documentary series THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH returns with an all-new season this Sunday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The first episode, "Shocking But Not Surprising," examines the drama unfolding in Washington around Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a new healthcare law of their own, examining how both the plan's principal supporters and its opponents handle the wild unpredictability that has come to define President Donald Trump's first days in office. As always, THE CIRCUS cameras provide viewers with up-close, behind-the-scenes access to key players and major stories while the hosts offer unique context and critical analysis to explain the impact and implications of the week's major events.

Highlights of the first episode include host Mark Halperin covering President Trump as he flies around the country rallying support for the Republican healthcare bill, bringing viewers inside what it's like traveling with the President aboard Air Force One. Back in Washington, Mark McKinnon speaks with Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, two conservative opponents of their party's healthcare plan, who are busy firing up their allies against the legislation. This week's episode also goes behind the scenes at NBC's Today and MSNBC's Morning Joe as Halperin and John Heilemann provide insight on the week's news, and explores the new political dynamic in Washington that many may find shocking, but very few consider surprising. For a clip of this week's episode, go to https://youtu.be/J1lrSlrNEgU

THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH is hosted by New York Times bestselling co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (Game Change and Double Down). THE CIRCUS is produced by Left/Right (a part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group) for SHOWTIME. Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Banks Tarver, and Ken Druckerman serve as executive producers.

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CIRCUS, THE (SHOWTIME)
Returns in Fall 2018 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/17/16 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2018/2019 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (??? episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
the show's third season will be split into two halves
DESCRIPTION:
(from Showtime's press release, January 2018) SHOWTIME has ordered a third season of the groundbreaking political documentary series THE CIRCUS, returning on April 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, with a run of new episodes to air in the spring and another in the fall. Hosted by John Heilemann (NBC/MSNBC, Game Change,), Mark McKinnon, and Alex Wagner (CBS News and The Atlantic), who joins the show as a permanent host this season, THE CIRCUS will continue to provide viewers with the same fast-paced, real-time, backstage perspective and eye-catching production qualities for which the show has been celebrated. In the year ahead, the series will explore the stories behind the headlines and pull back the curtain on the behind-the-scenes drama unfolding in Washington and across the country in the run-up to the most consequential mid-term elections in our lifetimes. The new season will once again take its cue from the narratives driving the national conversation from the White House to Congress to the fast-approaching, high-stakes mid-terms. The series follows the "circus" of American politics, society, and culture, capturing key moments, featuring interviews with newsmakers, and offering critical analysis of the stories driving the non-stop news cycle.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Alex Wagner as Host (Season 3- )
· John Heilemann
· Mark McKinnon
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Mark Halperin as Host (Season 1-2)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Banks Tarver as EP
· John Heilemann as EP
· Ken Druckerman as EP
· Mark McKinnon as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (documentary)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Left-Right Productions