Showtime Revives Election Show 'The Circus' for Trump's First 100 Days

The new season kicks off March 19, shifting its focus from the campaign trail to the new administration.
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From left: John Hellemann, Mark McKinnon and Mark Halperin

Showtime is heading back under the big top, ordering another season of The Circus.

The docuseries was in limbo prior to Monday's announcement — after all, its original purpose was to chronicle the events of the 2016 presidential election. Given the relentless stream of news outside of the new administration, however, a new season will shift focus to President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

“During the historic drama of the 2016 election, The Circus was a compulsively watchable series, providing unparalleled access and critical insight,” Showtime Networks president and CEO David Nevins said in a statement. “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.”

The Circus came together on a rather unorthodox timetable, with each episode showing the producers' week on the campaign trail with the Democrats and Republicans running for office — ultimately focusing on just Trump and Hillary Clinton. Final cuts on episodes barely came in within 24 hours of airtime.

Starting March 19, the show will resume its run at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday nights for the duration of the first 100 days. Halperin and Heilemann will return as hosts and executive producers, while McKinnon reprises his producing role with only occasional guest appearances.

It's not yet clear what the future holds for The Circus after the new administration settles in, but Showtime is clearly eager to stay in business with Halperin and Heilemann as the current political climate continues to be the de facto focal point of the media.

The Circus is produced Left/Right, part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group.

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