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Created by  R. J. Cutler
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons  1
Final episode date  10 October 2004
Network  Showtime
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Reality show
Composer(s)  Christopher A. Lee
Original language(s)  English
First episode date  1 August 2004
Presented by  Montel Williams
Cast  Montel Williams
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American Candidate is a political reality television show. The program aired for one season on Showtime in 2004, and was hosted by Montel Williams. It was created by documentary filmmaker R. J. Cutler, and produced by film director Jay Roach.

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Concept

Paralleling the 2004 United States presidential election, the show featured contestants running as "candidates" in a mock campaign. Initially, the public could announce their "candidacy" on the show's website and garner support. Eventually, eleven contestants were chosen to appear on the show itself.

Each week, the contestants would compete in a politically themed challenge, coached by various political experts. The two contestants who fared the poorest each week would debate, and one would be eliminated (voted by the remaining contestants). For the final two episodes, the viewers voted, and eventually chose the final winner.

Challenges

Throughout the series, the contestants traveled in a bus all over the United States, participating in various challenges, each modeled on real activities candidates for public office might expect to undergo:

  • Week 1: Hometown support
  • Week 2: Deliver a speech on the War on Terror to residents of New Hampshire
  • Week 3: Press conference on jobs and the economy in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Week 4: Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Week 5: Focus groups in New York City
  • Week 6: Political ads in Washington D.C.
  • Week 7: Philadelphia
  • Week 8-9: Los Angeles
  • Week 10: Finale
  • Contestants

    In reverse elimination order:

    1. Park Gillespie (Conservative Christian, winner)
    2. Malia Lazu
    3. Lisa Witter
    4. Keith Boykin (gay rights activist)
    5. Bruce Friedrich (animal rights activist)
    6. Joyce Riley (Gulf War veterans spokesperson)
    7. Richard Mack (gun store owner)
    8. James M. Strock (Entrepreneur, Speaker, Former Public Official)
    9. Robert W. Vanech (entrepreneur, venture capitalist)
    10. Chrissy Gephardt (daughter of Dick Gephardt)

    References

    American Candidate Wikipedia


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