Special One-Hour Episode ‘Rip Tides’ Airs Sunday, November 13 at 8 PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME®


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NEW YORK – November 11, 2022 – The Emmy® nominated docuseries THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH wraps up its seventh season this Sunday with a special one-hour episode examining the historic midterm elections in which Democrats defied predictions by staving off a Republican red wave.


Hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Jennifer Palmieri are joined by guest hosts Errin Haines, editor-at-large for The 19th, and Tim Miller, writer-at-large for The Bulwark, to document a dizzying election week. Criss-crossing the nation to capture the closing arguments from both sides, and an election night that stunned the nation, the program analyzes what the election revealed about America, and how it will impact Washington, Donald Trump, and the Republican Party.


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Episode includes:

  • THE CIRCUS is on the ground in key battleground states – including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire and Ohio – to talk to candidates and voters on both sides of the aisle.
  • Behind the scenes access with DCCC Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Election Day, as he fights to defend his seat and the Democratic majority in the House.
  • Inside Trump’s final election eve rally with J.D. Vance in Ohio, as the former president delivers his most definitive statement yet on a 2024 campaign.
  • Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s closing argument for her re-election and the ballot initiative to protect abortion rights in Michigan. 
  • In Georgia, Stacey Abrams on her grassroots efforts to flip her state blue.
  • Democratic Senator Michael Bennet on his strategy to fend off his Republican challenger in Colorado.
  • Democratic Ohio Senate nominee Rep. Tim Ryan on his bid to win in a Republican leaning state.
  • Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger as she canvasses in Virginia hours before the polls close.
  • Bob Woodward on Donald Trump's influence over the Republican Party after a disappointing election night.


THE CIRCUS is produced by Left/Right for SHOWTIME. John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Jennifer Palmieri, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Tom Johnson and Divya Chungi serve as executive producers. To learn more about THE CIRCUS, go to:, follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and join the conversation using #TheCircus.


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