Showtime’s American Candidate will follow mock presidential campaign.

Showtime’s American Candidate will follow mock presidential campaign.
The nearly two-year saga that was the build-up to American Candidate is finally over, as Showtime has officially picked up the series. Originally announced in 2002, HBO’s Candidate 2012 was designed to follow, over 10 years, one person’s quest for the presidency in 2012. The show will now take place over just 10 weeks. After HBO and later FX both dumped the series, Showtime stepped up and will air the series as an American Idol-style contest that will leave one winner who may run for President if he or she chooses. As the New York Times reports, contestants will “go through the motions of a mock presidential campaign.” Viewers will narrow the field of 12 candidates; applications are now being accepted from those who will be 35 by inauguration day and are natural-born citizens who have lived in the US for at least 14 years; you can also call 877.RUN.2004 to apply. The Times reports that Showtime received clearance from the FEC after the NRA “complained in a filing with the commission that the producers’ plan to feature real political candidates campaigning would wrongly allow Showtime’s parent, Viacom–which has a political action committee and lobbies Congress–to give candidates a voice without having to abide by election rules.”

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