conservative groups mobilized to get votes for American Candidate Park.

conservative groups mobilized to get votes for American Candidate Park.
How did conservative Park Gillespie manage to win Showtime’s American Candidate, considering the network’s primary audience probably isn’t all that conservative? Heck, even Park referred to Showtime as “arguably the most godless network on television.” The answer: Conservative groups mobilized to support him, encouraging even non-Showtime subscribers to vote. According to the New York Times, “the Home School Legal Defense Association sent an e-mail ‘action alert’ under the headline ‘Homeschool Dad on the Front Lines’ to its 81,000 families urging calls to vote for Mr. Gillespie.” Additionally, “Focus on the Family sent e-mail messages encouraging its supporters to call in votes for Mr. Gillespie even if they were not Showtime subscribers” and “[c]onservative radio shows also took up his cause.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

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.

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.