Presidential elections in America always garner a lot of media coverage, but the 2016 campaign is bringing new meaning to the phrase "media circus" thanks to the presence of media-friendly Republican hopeful Donald Trump. The campaign really builds up steam as the calendar flips from 2015 to 2016, which is when this real-time docuseries begins its look at the campaigns of Trump, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton and others vying for a chance to spend at least four years in the White House. The series follows key characters and stories from the campaigns, providing behind-the-scenes access into a world the public rarely sees in its weekly half-hour episodes. Executive producers of "The Circus" include political analysts/authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann ("Game Change").
People are mortal, which is a point driven home by this series that follows people who are facing their imminent death. The ill people on "Time of Death" are supported by family, friends, health care professionals, and hospice workers. The stories told include those of a single mother with invasive breast cancer; a psychotherapist specializing in death and dying but who, herself, has pancreatic cancer; a veteran with a rare form of cancer; and a young woman who has metastatic melanoma.
Victims' rights activist John Walsh returns to weekly TV as host of a documentary-style investigation series. Walsh details stories of ongoing cases involving fugitives, with the intent of expanding searches outside the United States. Interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement accompany new leads in each hourlong episode, giving the public information to facilitate the capture of suspects. Walsh, a spokesman for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, hosted the series "America's Most Wanted" for 25 years, helping apprehend more than 1,200 criminals.
Matt LeBlanc stars in this comedy series as ... Matt LeBlanc. The former "Friends" actor stars as an actor who is cast in an American version of a couple's British sitcom that is popular overseas. But, as the star, LeBlanc reworks the show into what turns out to be a terrible cliche, causing tension in the couple's marriage.
This reality series follows several men in Las Vegas who work as gigolos, although -- for legal reasons -- the company's owner classifies the business as a "companion service" whose clients pay an hourly rate. The show, which delves into the guys' personal and professional lives, is surprisingly truthful and heartfelt, and it shows the wild ride that real-life escorts experience. The men providing companionship include Wisconsin native Nick, who was in the Air Force before starting his company that books entertainment for private parties, athletic Vin, who has a passion for learning, and entrepreneur Brace, whose business interests include real estate and nutritional supplements.
Veteran writer and comedian David Steinberg sits down with comics and other entertainers for one-on-one interviews in this series that delves into the stars' lives and careers. Steinberg's guests -- a list that includes such luminaries as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, Don Rickles and Jonathan Winters -- share career-defining moments, personal struggles and the idols who inspired them. These intimate interviews give viewers a glimpse into what makes legendary comedians who they are, both personally and professionally. The hard-working Steinberg not only hosts the show but also serves as an executive producer and directs each episode.
Before the internet and viral videos made it easy for aspiring comics to get their material seen, they had to travel and perform at comedy clubs to rise through the ranks of stand-up comedy and make a name for themselves. This drama series explores the famed Los Angeles stand-up scene of the 1970s as the comedy hopefuls stand alone on stage, "dying" for fame, fortune and -- if they're lucky -- a shot on Johnny Carson's show. Oscar winner Melissa Leo leads the ensemble cast as Goldie, a comedy-club owner who mentors a competitive but close-knit group of comics. She leads her business with an iron fist but nurtures the comics with tough love because she knows that there's no such thing as an easy laugh in their chosen profession.
Longtime CBS Sunday night staple "60 Minutes" has become synonymous with investigative journalism since its 1968 debut and has spawned genre-specific variations on a number of cable networks, most of which feature repackaged versions of previously aired "60 Minutes" reports. This monthly, sports-focused version on CBS corporate sibling Showtime bucks the repackaging trend by featuring original reporting from veteran journalists, including lead correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, longtime sports journalist Armen Keteyian and "60 Minutes" correspondents Anderson Cooper, Lara Logan and Scott Pelley. In addition to original segments, which range in content from investigative reports to interviews and profiles of sports figures, episodes feature updated classic sports stories from the "60 Minutes" archive.