Showtime may air American Candidate.

Showtime may air American Candidate.
Exactly one month ago, as he did in August, RJ Cutler teased that there’d be an announcement about American Candidate soon. According to an article in Variety–at least the part that’s not hidden for subscribers only–the announcement apparently involves Showtime agreeing to pick up the series. Variety says Showtime “will decide in the coming weeks whether to greenlight ‘Candidate’ but is expected to vote yes.” The program first started at another pay cable network, HBO, before jumping to FX and then becoming homeless. The show will begin production in February and air next summer, Variety says.

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.