Showtime Joins 2016 Coverage with Halperin/Heilemann Weekly Docu-Series ‘The Circus’

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Showtime network announced on Tuesday the creation of a weekly documentary-style TV series, which will chronicle the 2016 presidential race beginning next month ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

According to Deadline, The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show On Earth 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.”

Per Showtime:

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

Bloomberg Politics managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who co-authored campaign books Game Change and Double Down, will both act as contributors, in addition to producers for the series.

Other producers include campaign strategist and media adviser Mark McKinnon, and Left/Right co-presidents Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman.

In a statement to Deadline, Showtime Networks President David Nevins explained the premise of Circus:

Americans are captivated by the 2016 presidential election, and a real-time political series of this nature has never been done before…

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.

Nevis also praised Halperin and Heilemann as “pre-eminent chroniclers of the presidential scene with their deeply influential books.”

Halperin and Heilemann are co-hosts of Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect.

Watch a promo for The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show On Earth below: