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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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