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 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.

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.