American Candidate finalists, including Chrissy Gephardt, reveal themselves.

American Candidate finalists, including Chrissy Gephardt, reveal themselves.
Although the show’s web site has yet to be updated with the information (come on, Showtime), American Candidate apparently has its 12 finalists, judging by press releases issued by some of the finalists and media coverage of others. In no particular order, they include: PETA’s director of vegan campaigns Bruce Friedrich; Dick Gephardt’s lesbian daughter Chrissy Gephardt; former Libertarian candidate for governor of Utah Richard Mack; Lisa Witter, who “runs the country’s largest public interest strategy and media firm”; “Black gay activist and author” Keith Boykin; and Arkansas resident Joyce Riley. Most are holding local rallies this week; Witter’s press release reveals that she, and thus probably the other candidates, had to organize a rally “with 32 hours to plan and $100 to spend.”

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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.

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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.