Showtime is pulling it down Circus tent.
The November 12 episode of The circus, the political docuseries fronted by John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Jennifer Palmieri, will be the show’s last. Launched in 2016 as a follow-up to that year’s presidential campaign, The circus eight seasons and 130 episodes, chronicling the ins and outs of the Trump administration, the 2020 presidential campaign and elections, and the current Biden administration.
The series earned four Emmy nominations during its run and received mostly positive reviews from critics.
“When we started The circus in 2016 we thought it would be a one-time deal,” says Heilemann told Politics, which first reported the show’s ending. “Eight seasons and 130 episodes later, we’re still thrilled that Showtime gave us the trust and support that kept us on this long, strange journey – and let’s prove our idea of creating a weekly, behind-the-scenes, real-time documentary series about American politics were not as unhinged as they seemed. Our belief in the importance of the story we have told and our eagerness to keep telling it, Circusstyle, has not changed.”
Recent episodes have covered the impeachment of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the role artificial intelligence could play in elections and the state of the presidential race a year before the 2024 election.
Left/Right produces The circus. Heilemann, McKinnon, Palmieri, Left/Right co-founders Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman, Tom Johnson and Divya Chungi executive producers.