American Candidate profiles posted.

American Candidate profiles posted.
After the application deadline passed for American Candidate, Showtime began posting candidate profiles and information on the show’s web site, adding more every day this month. The 12 finalists will be announced in June, but in the meantime, you can search for candidates based upon criteria such as age, region, religion, ethnicity, and occupation. Their profile pages include campaign diary blogs, biographical information, and video. You can also choose to “support” a candidate by clicking the “support me” icon on pages of people you like. (The most supported candidate is currently a white guy in a suit named Joe Caulfield, who says “I have immense compassion for humanity! As President I would feed our hungry, house our homeless, heal our sick, and educate our illiterate!” He has more than a quarter of a million “supporters” who apparently have an affinity for exclamation points.) The show is also coordinating Meetups for those interested in the show, and candidates and their supporters.

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.