Aired Wednesdays, November 3-10, 2010, 9:00-11:00 p.m.; November 17, 2010, 10:00 p.m.-midnight
Hit the road with CIRCUS, a new six-hour series from the filmmakers behind the Emmy Award-winning CARRIER, and take an unforgettable trip with the legendary Big Apple Circus. From the big top to the “back lot” — where the real heart of the circus beats — explore a distinctive world with its own rules, lingo and no fixed address. Get involved with the diverse characters who make up the Big Apple family. Share their fears and frustrations, triumphs and failures and find out what it really means to live life in the ring.
'First of May' Airdate: 11/3/2010 Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM
Go behind the scenes and meet the fascinating, wildly diverse Big Apple Circus family — the clowns and the wire-walkers, the front office staff and the rough-and-tumble ring crew — as they gear up for their annual 350-performance tour.
'One Ring Family' Airdate: 11/3/2010 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 PM
Feel the tension mount as rivalries and romances blossom and the circus’ first dress rehearsal approaches. The show is nowhere near ready — and the fate of more than a few performers hangs in the balance.
'Change On!' Airdate: 11/10/2010 Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM
Join the circus at their first performance stop in Virginia, where dramatic last-minute changes to the show, lackluster ticket sales and a cancer diagnosis ratchet up the pressure.
'Survival of the Fittest' Airdate: 11/10/2010 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 PM
Experience winter in New York, which means packed stands under the big top and misery on the back lot — as the weather wrecks havoc on the tent, the trailers and the health of the company and crew.
'Born to Be Circus' Airdate: 11/17/2010 Time: 10:00-11:00 PM
Travel to Monte Carlo as the Big Apple Circus scouts new acts for next year’s show and reunites with old friends. Stateside, as the circus heads up the eastern seaboard, the youngest members contemplate their futures.
'Down the Road' Airdate: 11/17/2010 Time: 11:00 PM-midnight
Say goodbye to the Big Apple family as the cast performs its final shows of the season and the crew tears down the big top for the last time.