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CIRCUS: Change On!

Airs Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Courtesy of Gillian Laub

Above: Barry Lubin as Grandma the clown, and Mark Gindick, another clown in the legendary Big Apple Circus.

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Watch the first two episodes of "CIRCUS" — "First of May" and "One Ring Family," then join the discussion and share your thoughts about the series.

Hit the road with "CIRCUS" 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. "CIRCUS" is a six-part series airing on KPBS Television.

"Change On!" - Traveling by trailer caravan, the circus arrives in Virginia and pitches the tent for its first tour stop. On the eve of the first performance, a pivotal act is cut and there’s a mad scramble to rework the show. Making matters worse, a seasoned company regular is diagnosed with cancer and must relinquish his act. Lackluster ticket sales only ratchet up the pressure.

"CIRCUS" is on Facebook, and you can follow @PBSCircus on Twitter.

Video Excerpt: CIRCUS: Run Away With The Circus

Some people run away with the circus as an escape from their tangled lives. Others yearn for adventure. Members of the Big Apple Circus cast and crew share their reasons for joining the circus life. Tell us when the big top pops up in your hometown, are you ever tempted to run away with the circus? Have you actually done it? Tell us your story at the PBS "CIRCUS" website.

Preview: CIRCUS

In November 2010, step inside the ring, where the stories are true and the magic is real, for an intimate look at the mystery, thrill of life and drama in the big top and on the back lot and take an unforgettable trip with the diverse characters who make up the legendary Big Apple Circus with PBS' new six-hour miniseries "CIRCUS."

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