American Candidate apps now open to anyone over 18, deadline extended.

American Candidate apps now open to anyone over 18, deadline extended.
John Edwards, John Kerry, George W. Bush, and Lyndon LaRouche might not have to worry about competition from reality TV come November. Showtime’s American Candidate promises that, after winning, the show’s victor “will then have the chance to run for president of the United States.” But that might be impossible, as the show has just opened applications to citizens over the age of 18, including those born outside the US. Producer RJ Cutler tells, “The number of people under the age of 35 who have contacted us wanting to participate in American Candidate has been overwhelming. If the point of American Candidate is to involve more people in the presidential process, we realized that there is no better way to do that than by removing any restrictions whatsoever from the application process.” Sounds like not enough people under 35 applied. Applications are now due April 9; the winner will receive $200,000.

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.

about the writer

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.