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 Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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