The series debuted in January.
The Circus documents the 2016 presidential campaign in real time, featuring commentary from Bloomberg Politics managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann and campaign strategist Mark McKinnon. Originally, the series was ordered for just 10 episodes. Now, season one will end after 12 episodes.
The Circus will return in July to cover the Democratic and Republican conventions.
Read the full details below:
NEW YORK – March 18, 2016 – While Marco Rubio’s hopes were dashed after a campaign-ending loss in his home state of Florida, five presidential hopefuls are left in the turbulent 2016 race to the White House, on THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, airing Sunday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Donald Trump, storming ahead with a daunting delegate count, is continuing to play by his own rules and needle the Republican establishment. John Kasich, having secured a crucial victory in Ohio, is ambling on toward the convention with typical quirky optimism, while Ted Cruz is claiming the role as the only viable Trump alternative. After a sweep of important victories for Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders is still dreaming about pulling off a Democratic upset, but comparisons to Clinton’s protracted – and failed – run in the 2008 Democratic nomination fight abound. On “High Hopes,” the tenth episode.
In order to capture the continued political battles, the network extended the original run of THE CIRCUS by adding two additional episodes. In addition to the March 20th episode on SHOWTIME, THE CIRCUS will feature two more shows of primary season coverage before taking a break. The series will return in July with new episodes for the Democratic and Republican conventions, then go on another hiatus before returning in the fall for weekly coverage to coincide with the general election campaign.
THE CIRCUS is produced in cooperation with Bloomberg Politics and features managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (co-authors of the New York Times best-sellers Game Change and Double Down, and co-hosts of the nightly political show “With All Due Respect” on Bloomberg Television) and noted campaign strategist Mark McKinnon. 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.”
What do you think? Have you been watching The Circus? Will you watch the two additional episodes?