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CIRCUS: One Ring Family

Airs Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Glen Heroy performing one of his clown routines. Hit the road with PBS’ "CIRCUS" and take an unforgettable trip from the big top to the “back lot” with the diverse characters who make up the legendary Big Apple Circus.

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.

"One Ring Family" - Feel the tension mount as rivalries and romances blossom and the circus’ first dress rehearsal approaches. The show is nowhere near ready. Despite constant rehearsals, the Flying Neves trapeze members can’t pull themselves together, and there’s talk in the office about cutting the act. Meanwhile, Glen, the newbie clown, is having a hard time taking direction and he’s petrified he’ll soon be fired. The fate of the show — and of more than a few performers — hangs in the balance.

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

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Preview: CIRCUS

Above: 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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Video Excerpt: CIRCUS: Clown Rehearsal

Above: See what it's like to go inside clown rehearsal with newbie clown Glen Heroy. PBS' "CIRCUS" takes 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 — to explore a distinctive world with its own rules, lingo and no fixed address.