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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)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/17/16 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
2 (8 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its second season on 5/7/17; has yet to be renewed for a third season
DESCRIPTION:
(from Showtime's press release, February 2017) Today SHOWTIME ordered a new season of the groundbreaking political documentary series THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH. Returning Sunday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, the show will examine the riveting and unprecedented events unfolding - both inside and outside the Beltway - in President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. 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."
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· John Heilemann
· Mark Halperin
· Mark McKinnon
CREW INFORMATION:
· Banks Tarver as EP
· John Heilemann as EP
· Ken Druckerman as EP
· Mark Halperin as EP
· Mark McKinnon as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (documentary)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Left-Right Productions