The Circus Returns September 11th On The Movie Network

After revealing the pivotal behind-the-scenes presidential campaign moments that led to the Democratic and Republican nominations, The Circus returns Sunday, September 11th at 8pm on Showtime.

Following a brief hiatus, The Circus will return in time to track and cover the first presidential debate, continuing   its unprecedented access to the players and key events leading up to the general election.  Cameras will crisscross the country alongside nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to bring you every dramatic moment – from the intense head-to-head debates through election night – as America picks its next president.

Showtime also announced that it has ordered a new comedy pilot based on Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winning short film Smilf. Shaw will star, write, produce and direct the semi-autobiographical pilot, with Oscar nominee Michael London (Sideways), and Emmy nominees Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Bad Teacher) executive producing. Set in Boston, Smilf will take a raw look at a single, 20-something whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood. The pilot will be produced by ABC Signature as a co-production with Showtime.

The announcements were made by David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. at the 2016 Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour.

Frankie Shaw is a Boston-born writer, actress, director and producer currently based in Los Angeles. Smilf is based off Shaw’s award-winning Sundance short of the same name, which won the Sundance Jury Award in 2015. Shaw also wrote and directed the 2016 short Too Legit starring Zoe Kravitz, which premiered at Sundance in 2016. Shaw also recently wrapped a supporting role in the feature film Stronger directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.