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CIRCUS, THE: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH
Air Date: Sunday, May 07, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on SHOWTIME
Episode Title: (#208-60) "Looking Back and Moving On"
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THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH ONE-HOUR SEASON FINALE TO FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM CHRONICLING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRST 100 DAYS, NARRATED BY JEFF GOLDBLUM SUNDAY, MAY 7 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON SHOWTIME(R)

NEW YORK, NY - May 5, 2017 - After seven weeks of twists and turns, drama and excitement, disappointments and victories inside Washington and around the country, THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH will air its eighth and final episode of the season, "Looking Back and Moving On," reflecting on Donald Trump's first 100 days in office and looking at what lies ahead. The centerpiece for the hour-long episode, which airs Sunday, May 7th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, is a brand-new documentary produced by the CIRCUS team and narrated by Jeff Goldblum that explores the major developments and themes that have shaped the launch of Trump's administration.

The short film premiered on Wednesday in Washington at the Newseum at an event hosted by THE CIRCUS co-hosts Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, and Mark McKinnon before an audience of prominent politicos and media figures in the capital. The screening was followed by a panel discussion on Trump's first 100 days that included Republican South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, Hillary Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri and American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp. Other attendees included White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Republican California Congressman Darrell Issa, former Clinton campaign adviser Christina Reynolds, The Washington Post's Dan Balz, The New York Times' Jonathan Martin and many others. The discussion, which was shot by THE CIRCUS cameras and parts of which will be included in Sunday night's episode, delved into attendees' views of Trump's successes and failures so far, the outlook for the administration, and the major news stories of the week - including the renewed drive by House Republicans to pass a health care bill.

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