Showtime Orders Presidential Campaign Series From Mark Halperin, John Heilemann

“The Circus” will debut in January, ahead of Iowa caucuses

Showtime has greenlit a new Presidential campaign documentary series called “The Circus,” the network announced Tuesday.

“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. With behind-the-scenes access, cameras will offer viewers a look at what the public rarely sees and explore the drama inherent in the pursuit of the Oval Office.

Premiering next month, in advance of the Iowa caucuses, the show will deliver the stories as they are happening and examine what really goes on behind the carefully constructed facade of a presidential campaign in real time.

“Americans are captivated by the 2016 presidential election and a real-time political series of this nature has never been done before,” Showtime president David Nevins said. “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.”

The show is produced in cooperation with Bloomberg Politics and featuring Bloomberg Politics managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, co-authors of the New York Times bestsellers “Game Change” and “Double Down,” and co-hosts of the nightly political show “With All Due Respect” on Bloomberg Television. Noted campaign strategist and media advisor Mark McKinnon is also involved.

“The Circus” will be produced by Left/Right (a part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group) for Showtime. Halperin, Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman serve as executive producers.