Showtime has given the green light to The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show On Earth, a real-time documentary series that pulls back the curtain on the 2016 presidential race, for premiere in January.

Showtime LogoProduced in cooperation with Bloomberg Politics, The Circus will follow multiple individual stories and key characters from the campaigns and capture their unique perspectives in weekly half-hour shows between January and November. The series will feature Bloomberg Politics managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (co-authors of Game Change and Double Down and co-hosts of Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect) and campaign strategist and media adviser Mark McKinnon. “With intimate, behind-the-scenes access, cameras will offer viewers a look at what the public rarely sees and explore the high human drama inherent in the pursuit of the Oval Office,” Showtime says.

“Americans are captivated by the 2016 presidential election, and a real-time political series of this nature has never been done before,” said David Nevins, President of Showtime Networks. “People don’t want to wait a year to see how and why things played out and the impact they had. Everything today is immediate, so there’s no better time to change the way American politics are covered. Mark and John are the pre-eminent chroniclers of the presidential scene with their deeply influential books, and I’m thrilled that, along with Mark McKinnon, they will bring their years of expertise and the pedigree of Bloomberg Politics to Showtime in a truly dynamic and innovative way with The Circus.”

The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show On Earth will be produced for Showtime by Left/Right (a part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group). Halperin, Heilemann, McKinnon, Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman serve as executive producers.