FX drops American Candidate; show continues production, looks for new net.

FX drops American Candidate; show continues production, looks for new net.
FX has stopped production of American Candidate because it was too expensive. Following the candidates around the country as the audience narrowed the pool to ultimately select a candidate for President was too expensive for FX: the network’s president tells the AP that cutting the budget “seemed like it would compromise the concept.” This is the second network at which RJ Cutler has tried to produce the show; the first was HBO. He is not giving up, telling the New York Times, “Hopefully this will not impact the show. We remain passionate and confident about what this program should be.” Plans are still underway to accept applications for the show starting this September.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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