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.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.