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.

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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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.