Showtime Orders More ‘The Circus’ With Mark Halperin And John Heilemann


Showtime today made good on chief David Nevins’ comments that he’d love to continue the premium network’s relationship with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. It has ordered a new season of their political documentary series The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.

It will return at 8 PM  Sunday, March 19, examining President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.

Halperin and Heilemann (Game Change, Double Down) will be back, and Mark McKinnon will return in a producing role with occasional guest appearances. The real-time documentary series follows 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,” Nevins said in today’s announcement, calling it “a breakthrough for documentaries on television.”

The series is produced by Left/Right (a part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group) for Showtime. Halperin, Heilemann, McKinnon, Banks Tarver, and Ken Druckerman serve as executive producers.

Halperin has covered eight presidential campaigns; he 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. Heilemann,  alongside Halperin, served during the 2016 election cycle as co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and co-host of With All Due Respect.  McKinnon is a political adviser and television producer; he was the chief media adviser to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns and co-founded No Labels. He has worked for former President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain, late Texas Gov. Ann Richards and Bono.

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