‘The Circus’ To Return For Eighth Season On Paramount+ With Showtime


The docuseries The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show On Earth will return for its eighth season next month on Paramount+ with Showtime.

The show, hosted by John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Jennifer Palmieri, will premiere at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Oct. 8 for a six-episode run. It’ll focus on the 2024 presidential race, including following President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign as it kicks into high gear. It also will spotlight former President Donald Trump’s effort to return to the White House amid criminal indictments, while his challengers seek “to dethrone him as the party’s standard bearer, all while the future of American democracy hangs in the balance,” per Showtime.

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The Circus launched in 2016 as the presidential election that year was in full swing. It recently was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding recorded news program. The show is produced by Left/Right for Showtime, with Heilemann, McKinnon, Palmieri, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Tom Johnson and Divya Chungi executive producers.

Heilemann also is a national affairs analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. McKinnon is a political strategist and media columnist and co-founder of the group No Labels, and has worked for candidates including George W. Bush and John McCain and personalities including Bono. Palmieri was communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and communications director for President Barack Obama.

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