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.

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.