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 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.