is American Candidate a sham?

is American Candidate “a sham”?
Criticism is growing about Showtime’s American Candidate, which already has a long and sordid history. A new multi-colored blog called “American Candidate: The AmCan Sham” is documenting a show that it says “turns out to be as rigged as a carny flim-flam, and as old news as politics as usual.” Examples cited include the fact that Keith Boykin’s, “Joyce Riley’s, Lisa Witter’s, and Chrissy Gephardt’s” pages on the site “were added deep in the night on June 8th after the press, not American Candidate, released the news” that they were finalists. The blog also points out that “The show’s web site was recently updated to remove a statement about the show not being “a one-way conversation.” Elsewhere, birddogger.org has issued a press release that summarizes recent criticism of the series and argues that “[t]here is now mounting evidence that the show’s producers never intended to accept individuals without already established political credentials.”

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.