The Circus

Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

 

Come one, come all to THE CIRCUS. This documentary series pulls back the curtain on the Trump era of presidential politics, revealing the intense, inspiring and infuriating stories behind the headlines. Key characters and events are presented in real time, as they are happening. THE CIRCUS is a non-partisan, never-before-attempted take on one of the most fascinating and consequential political periods in modern American history.

For Your Consideration

OUTSTANDING HOSTED NONFICTION SERIES OR SPECIAL

Executive Producers: Banks Tarver, John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner, Ken Druckerman, Ted Bourne, Tom Johnson

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM

Andrew Dunn, Director of Photography

Jeremy Gould, Director of Photography

Patrick Armitage, Director of Photography

Seth Marshall, Director of Photography

Episode 506, “On the Boil”

OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN

Big Star Motion Design, Inc.

Josh Norton

OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM

Benji Kast, Supervising Editor

Jane Jo, Supervising Editor

Evan Wise, Supervising Editor

Michelle Brundige, Editor

Charles Divak, Editor

Jon Miller, Editor

Episode 503, “Clusterf**k”

OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A NONFICTION OR REALITY PROGRAM (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA)

Brian Bracken, Post Production Audio Mixer

Episode 507, “Super Duper Tuesday”

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S5 E1 | "Obligations and Opportunities"

In the season premiere, The Circus lives up to its name as the impeachment trial of President Trump begins in earnest, and the all-important, too-close-to-predict Iowa caucuses are less than two weeks away.

S5 E2 | "Closing Arguments"

The focus is on the Iowa caucuses and the closing pitch all of the Democratic candidates are making to voters. Campaign leaders for the major candidates weigh in on their final sprints, what they’re excited about, and what is keeping them up at night.

S5 E3 | "CLUSTERF**K"

In one of the wildest political weeks in memory, the fumbled tallies at the Democratic Iowa caucus prevented the essential momentum builds for the victors. Meanwhile, President Trump was acquitted on both articles of impeachment by the Senat

S5 E4 | "Unfinished Business"

The Circus is on the ground for the New Hampshire primary: the lead up, the results, and the fallout. With Bernie Sanders emerging as the favorite for the progressive branch of the Democratic party, and suddenly-ascendant Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar making compelling cases for the moderates, electability arguments are solidifying now that actual votes are being cast and results are coming in. Meanwhile, Michael Bloomberg waits in the wings, threatening to change everything.

S5 E5 | "What Happens in Vegas"

All eyes have turned to Nevada and its Democratic caucus. Bernie Sanders has the chance to cement his frontrunner status, and the other candidates are looking to challenge him. The DNC is on the ground in Nevada to make sure this caucus runs smoothly.

S5 E6 | "On the Boil"

In the week of the South Carolina Democratic primary, with Super Tuesday closely following, voters are deciding if there is a viable challenger to leading candidate Bernie Sanders. African American voters in South Carolina and beyond could bolster Joe Biden’s campaign, but will the results dramatically affect the race going forward?

S5 E7 | "Super Duper Tuesday"

In the run up to the Democratic primaries on Super Tuesday, The Circus covers the political theater of the annual Civil Rights march in Selma, AL, the endorsements of candidates who dropped out, and the remaining candidates crisscrossing the country in a last-minute hunt for undecided votes. And when the results of Super Tuesday turn the race upside down, the hosts check in with experienced Democratic strategists to wade through the repercussions.

S5 E8 | "The Cruelest Month"

The results of the Big Tuesday Democratic primaries in 6 states cemented Joe Biden’s frontrunner status and gave him a seemingly insurmountable lead in delegates over rival Bernie Sanders. But Sanders has announced he isn’t dropping out, and is planning to debate Biden and continue to push his progressive agenda. Meanwhile, with cancelled rallies and limits on travel, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the race in ways large and small.

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