Showtime finally reveals candidates.

Showtime finally reveals candidates.
Showtime has finally hauled itself off its lazy ass and announced who the 10 American Candidates are. They’ve even updated the show’s crappy Flash web site with the information. Although we’ve known for more than a month who most of them are, and although they’ve been appearing in public for a while, there was no official announcement. The 10 finalists are Chrissy Gephardt, Keith Boykin, Bruce Friedrich, Park Gillespie, Richard Mack, Jim Strock, Bob Vanech, Lisa Witter, Malia Lazu, and Joyce Riley. Meanwhile, the conspiracy theories continue to fly; blog AmCanSham details the less-obvious connections between the lesser known candidates and the show’s producers and/or established political organizations. Detailing the show’s dark side apparently has consequences: one contributor to the blog has been posting increasingly odd song parodies about the series. We’re going to have to get those bloggers some oxygen and/or Vicodin when the series finally debuts on August 1.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.

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.