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").
Before getting into cable news, Nicolle Wallace worked in politics, including as President George W. Bush's communications director during his administration and for his 2004 re-election campaign. That experience makes her an ideal choice to host this afternoon program that delivers up-to-the-minute political developments to viewers. She also leads conversations with Washington insiders and well-sourced journalists, including regular contributor Steve Kornacki. Each show's guests are "the people who make the most sense on any given day," according to Wallace.
Veteran political journalist Tucker Carlson hosts this nightly series that bears his name. Fox News describes the show as an "hour of spirited debate and powerful reporting," with Carlson taking on issues that viewers care about. He is joined by guests to help him discuss issues that don't seem to get much coverage in other parts of the media. Regular segments include Carlson calling out political correctness that goes too far and putting overblown social-media outrage in its place, all done in what the network calls "his signature style."
Drawing on her years as a prosecutor and her decades of experience as a journalist, Greta Van Susteren's weekday show features analysis of the day's biggest political stories. Van Susteren interviews distinguished officials from both sides of the aisle for a balanced discussion that provides clarity on where Washington insiders and leaders stand on critical issues. Van Susteren finishes each show with her "For the Record" segment, which highlights stories that viewers may not have seen reported elsewhere.
Originating from Los Angeles, this weekly program examines issues impacting the American government and society. It focuses on the impact of the populist movement in the U.S. and around the world. Host Steve Hilton leads discussions and debates about the week's top stories with a rotating panel of three experts. A recurring segment -- SwampWatch -- offers opinions and analysis on which industries, agencies and political groups in Washington, D.C., and beyond are affecting President Trump's campaign pledge to "drain the swamp."
CNN's lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer hosts this hourlong weekday program, taking viewers to the heart of the political news of the day as well as covering breaking news and international stories as they develop. Blitzer welcomes newsmakers and experts to discuss and analyze the stories that are driving today's news.
Bringing the insight and power of "Meet the Press" to MSNBC every weeknight, Chuck Todd looks at the key stories of the day with political newsmakers as they break down and analyze the issues facing U.S. and world leaders. The program features hard-hitting interviews -- a hallmark of Todd's Sunday program -- in addition to signature segments such as "I'm Obsessed With," which highlights topics about which Todd is especially passionate. With an acute understanding of the inner-workings of Washington, Todd explains how complex policy issues affect all Americans.
Hosted by CNN political commentator Van Jones, "The Messy Truth" is a series of town hall specials aimed at improving communication among people with different political and personal beliefs. Joined by well-known legislative leaders, Jones visits swing states like Ohio and Michigan to meet with residents who once supported President Obama but more recently voted for Donald Trump, letting the community members drive the conversation. That's just one way, Jones contends, to challenge assumptions and understand how people feel.