Montel will host American Candidate.

Montel will host American Candidate.
With Ricky Lake and Sally Jesse Raphael apparently busy with other projects, Showtime has tapped Montel Williams to host American Candidate. The show’s news item about Montel’s appointment says “he has had years of experience interviewing and producing captivating stories about issues facing all types of Americans.” Topics for his “captivating stories” this week include “Allergic to Water: True Medical Phenomena,” “My Life as a Thief,” and “My Sister is a Hyena.” The 10-episode series debuts August 1.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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