To promote the return of their documentary series “The Circus” to Showtime this Sunday, political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann stopped by “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday. The pair of pundits had last chin-wagged with Stephen Colbert on his live election night special. The three reminisced about the tightrope they had walked that night, as the returns indicated that Donald Trump would pull off an upset over frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
As Halperin observed then, “Outside of the Civil War, World War II, and including 9/11, this may be the most cataclysmic event the country has ever seen.” Revisiting that remark on Wednesday, Halperin expounded, “more than half of the country that voted against him and is upset about his being president.”
To that end, the journos explained their decision to make more episodes of “The Circus.” While they may well have done so to chronicle Clinton’s history-making presidency, they admitted that the Trump administration was an even more compelling subject. Opined Heilemann, “The novelty of it pretty much made it impossible for us not to go back for a second bite of the apple.”
And, as Halperin observed, “You can go anywhere in America, this is what people are talking about.” Indeed, both Colbert’s talker and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” have seen upticks in their ratings since the election as viewers tune in more serious fare than can be found on those shows hosted by Jimmy Fallon and James Corden respectively.
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