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SHOWTIME TO FIND A CANDIDATE !! (FREEPER candidate for President?)
FilmStew.com ^ | Friday January 16,2004 | Claire Runitz

Posted on 01/16/2004 2:48:30 PM PST by fight_truth_decay

Cabler got the go ahead from the Federal Election Commission for the reality series American Candidate

New York-Showtime Networks is going ahead with American Candidate, which will start this summer following an okay by the government's Federal Election Commission, assuring that the show will comply with election law.

The unscripted show is a 10-episode, one-hour reality series from Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler (The War Room, American High) executive producers Jay Roach and Tom Lassally.

In American Idol fashion, this series will attempt to identify one individual who has the qualifications and qualities to be President of the United States. The show will debut with 12 contestants from all walks of life. Over the course of the next 10 weeks, those 12 will face-off against each other in a series of challenges designed to test their presidential mettle and to show viewers what really goes on in the making of a presidential candidate. Week-by-week, the original pool of candidates will be winnowed down through audience participation and polling. The final episode will be a showdown between the remaining two candidates, and one person will emerge victorious -- the "American Candidate" -- by proving that he or she has what it takes to run for the highest office in the land.

American Candidate will maintain an active presence on the Internet. Its web site, www.americancandidate.com, will accept applications from eligible Americans. Applications can also be obtained by calling 877-RUN-2004 (877-786-2004). A five-month selection process will narrow the pool to 12 finalists. These contestants will be introduced to the nation on the premiere episode on Showtime.

Candidates will maintain their own homepages on which they can present their qualifications, platforms and visions for the country. They can also use the homepages as organizing tools to recruit volunteers, organize events and otherwise promote their issues. The American Candidate web site will offer information about contestant schedules and events, streaming media, message boards, chat rooms and other content. Showtime will promote the series on the network's web site, sho.com, as well.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: americancandidate; rjcutler; showtime
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Application

Here's your chance to present your platform and vision for the country; plus get great recognition. Millions will be tuning in. Is the "Honorable Congressman Billybob" in the house?

1 posted on 01/16/2004 2:48:31 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Congressman Billybob
..... ;)
2 posted on 01/16/2004 2:49:24 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
I'm just....just....speechless.
3 posted on 01/16/2004 2:50:29 PM PST by Petronski (I'm *NOT* always *CRANKY.*)
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To: Lazamataz
You gotta appply for this! lol
4 posted on 01/16/2004 2:53:37 PM PST by honeygrl (If I had a dollar for every time I had 60 cents, I would be in Canada.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
(FREEPER candidate for President?),

This IS Showtime.....Do we have any one-armed, transvestite hookers who might qualify on FR ???

5 posted on 01/16/2004 2:53:56 PM PST by Onelifetogive
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To: fight_truth_decay
I'll do it.

Even though I'm not constitutionally qualified
6 posted on 01/16/2004 3:10:28 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (YOU sit down, Mr. Dean. You've had your say, now we'll have ours.)
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To: fight_truth_decay; Lazamataz
Imagine if Lazamataz were president. That would be ... fun. ^^
7 posted on 01/16/2004 3:12:23 PM PST by 4mycountry ("No! Bad doggie! Don't eat dead people!")
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To: honeygrl
LOL -- you beat me to it.
8 posted on 01/16/2004 3:12:50 PM PST by 4mycountry ("No! Bad doggie! Don't eat dead people!")
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To: 4mycountry; Lazamataz
When I read the title I said "Lazamataz"

Then I said, "Eeeh, too many skeletons in the closet I'd imagine..." We'd need an image consultant for sure. LOL

9 posted on 01/16/2004 3:16:18 PM PST by riri
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To: Petronski
Me too! Aren't we going to be saturated enough with election stuff .. YUK! Besides .. who watches Showtime ..??
10 posted on 01/16/2004 3:24:27 PM PST by The Final Harvest ("America is the GREATEST NATION on the face of the earth")
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To: fight_truth_decay; JohnHuang2; mhking
Or JohnHuang2... or mhking...

A couple more of our brilliant-type freepers :-)
11 posted on 01/16/2004 3:53:16 PM PST by Tamzee (EARTH FIRST!!! We'll stripmine the other planets later...)
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To: All; baltodog
we need to get our fellow freeper Balto dog on this. as fellow members of free republic we should unite and elect balto dog to office.
12 posted on 01/16/2004 3:56:14 PM PST by im4given
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To: im4given; All
1/2 Power Nap after lunch.
Nationwide.
Mandatory.

I will pressure our legislators to funnel federal monies into NDI research.

I will call a spade a spade when it comes to our public education system.

I will develop an immigration plan that everyone can live with.

I can promise that no one will hear from Wesley Clack (I did not spell that wrong) while this nation is under my watch.

My motto will be: CCW's For All!!!
13 posted on 01/16/2004 4:16:27 PM PST by baltodog (A diamond lasts a lifetime, but a Freeper post lasts forever....)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Hell, there's gotta be at least one FReeper that we can get to do this! A FReeper in this would actually get me to consider getting Showtime (at least for the month or two that it's on)...

Of course, keep in mind that Dirtbags Unleashed will probably do their damnedest to field their own candidate...

14 posted on 01/16/2004 4:45:31 PM PST by mhking (I like my coffee extra crunchy, thank you...)
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To: mhking
Darn. I'm still too young to run this year, otherwise I might just be dumb enough to apply.

Wasn't Fox going to air a show with the same premise, until they decided it was too stupid a concept?

15 posted on 01/16/2004 4:48:00 PM PST by Timesink (I'm not a big fan of electronic stuff, you know? Beeps ... beeps freak me out. They're bad.)
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To: mhking
Aight. I'll do it.


16 posted on 01/16/2004 4:49:38 PM PST by rdb3 (Never enough muscle to stop a tertiary hustle.)
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To: mhking
>>Hell, there's gotta be at least one FReeper that we can get to do this! A FReeper in this would actually get me to consider getting Showtime (at least for the month or two that it's on)...<<

Ahem, everyone who nominates Mhking, please raise your hands....
17 posted on 01/16/2004 4:49:50 PM PST by netmilsmom (God sent Angels- Why would I trust them to anyone else?-homeschooling 1/5/04)
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To: Lazamataz; Conspiracy Guy; Chad Fairbanks
Dreaming, dreaming, dreaming......

I also think a Laz/Conspiracy Guy ticket would be a hoot. With Chad Fairbanks as SOS and 4mycountry as Secretary of Education!
18 posted on 01/16/2004 4:55:03 PM PST by netmilsmom (God sent Angels- Why would I trust them to anyone else?-homeschooling 1/5/04)
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To: mhking; Eaker; Flyer; dix; bobbyd; Allegra; Xenalyte; RikaStrom; stevie_d_64; LurkerNoMore!; ...
Heck, I'll do it. What's the pay?
19 posted on 01/16/2004 5:06:14 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
I'll nominate you.
20 posted on 01/16/2004 5:08:37 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Always finish what you st)
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To: baltodog
Hey....doesn't cost anything to make out an application. Guest spots on late night talk shows. Let's face it American Idol had millions watching. They became millionaires themselves. Whatcha ya got to lose?

What better 'think tank' then FR behind you?
21 posted on 01/16/2004 5:23:59 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Millions will be tuning in

Maybe a million. Showtime has a reletively small audience.

22 posted on 01/16/2004 5:26:49 PM PST by Dane
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To: fight_truth_decay
Let's face it American Idol had millions watching. They became millionaires themselve

American Idol was on Fox. I think that some 75% of American homes have cable and not all subscribe to Showtime.

I think the most popular pay cable programs are either The Sopranos or Sex in the City.

But you never know it could take off.

23 posted on 01/16/2004 5:32:10 PM PST by Dane
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To: pax_et_bonum
I'll nominate you.

OK, here we go:
Day 1: Borders close, outcry from freight companies and Vicente Fox
Day 2: Open carriage of weapons allowed within the continental United States by all citizens
Day 3: Repatriation of all illegal immigrants
Day 4: Declaration of US Total War on terrorism, resolved within 1 year.
(This means "Hang it up, Masoud, or we off you.")
Day 5: States Militias granted status equivalent to US Military forces and (weapons) funding to match
Day 6: States rights over IRS, DOT, BATFE, and CFR49.

Whooo! Thats good for the first week, anyway. ;-)

24 posted on 01/16/2004 5:48:08 PM PST by humblegunner
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....eligibility requirements

You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply to be a participant for the television program "American Candidate" ("Program"):

1. You must be at least 35 years of age by January 20, 2005.

2. You must be a natural-born citizen of the United States of America.

3. You must have lived at least 14 years of your life in the United States

4. You may not be a candidate for any federal, state or local elective office. You may not be a current holder of any federal, state or local elective office. You may not be a candidate for president of the United States.

5. Neither you nor any member of your immediate family or anyone living in your household may be currently employed by or have been employed within the last two (2) years by, or be or have been within the last two (2) years an officer, director or agent of any of the following:

(a) Showtime Networks Inc., or its parent (Viacom Inc.) or any affiliated, related or subsidiary companies of any of the foregoing (collectively, "Network");
(b) Actual Reality Pictures, TMD Productions, Inc., Shock Pictures, Inc. ("Producer"), or any affiliated, related or subsidiary companies of any of the foregoing;
(c) Any person or entity involved in the development, production, distribution or other exploitation of the Program or any variation thereof;
(d) Any person or entity supplying prizes or other services to the Program. In addition, Producer reserves the right to render ineligible any person who Producer determines, in its sole discretion, is sufficiently connected with the production, administration, judging, or distribution of the Program, or with a sponsor of the Program or its advertising agency, such that his or her participation in the Program could create the appearance of impropriety.
6. You must be willing to provide us a copy of your valid passport, drivers license or birth certificate.

7. If selected by the Producer for an in-person interview, you must be willing and able to travel in May and/or June of 2004, (as scheduled by Producer) to locations to be determined by Producer.

8. If selected as a participant, you will be supplied with a stipend and must be willing and able to live on the road for up to 12 weeks and to be filmed whenever Producer deems necessary. You must also be willing to appear live on the Program whenever requested.

9. If requested, you must be willing to undergo physical and psychological examinations and testing by medical personnel selected by Producer.

10. If requested, you must complete and timely return all participant application materials (to be furnished by Producer) which shall include, among other things, liability and other release forms for you and your immediate family, waivers, authorizations (including background check authorization forms), a medical history form, confidentiality agreement, questionnaire and any additional application materials requested by Producer.

11. You may not appear in the Program if you have appeared as a contestant on more than one game or contest show within this past year or if you have appeared as a contestant on more than two game or contest shows within the past 5 years. If you are currently being considered to be a participant on any other reality or game show, you agree that if selected as a participant in the Program, you will immediately withdraw your application and/or inform any other show considering you as a participant that you can no longer be or be considered as a participant on such show.

12. By applying to participate in the Program you authorize Producer and its agents to conduct civil, criminal, financial, credit, medical, driver-history and any other type of background checks deemed necessary by Producer.

13. By applying to participate in the Program you authorize Producer and its agents, licensees and assigns to use your name, voice, likeness and biographical information in or in connection with the Program and any promotions therefore, in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity.

14. By applying to participate in the Program you agree to sign all releases, consents, authorizations and waivers requested by Producer.

15. Producer reserves the right to add to, delete from, or modify these eligibility requirements, with or without notice.

25 posted on 01/16/2004 5:48:28 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: netmilsmom
Ahem, everyone who nominates Mhking, please raise your hands....


Think of the little children!!!

26 posted on 01/16/2004 6:09:12 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: RonDog; Sabertooth; doug from upland
There's gotta be some Californians to send to this...
27 posted on 01/16/2004 6:22:03 PM PST by kingu (Remember: Politicians and members of the press are going to read what you write today.)
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To: humblegunner
Need a campaign manager?
28 posted on 01/16/2004 6:29:10 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Always finish what you st)
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To: doug from upland; kristinn; AnnaZ
Any of ya'll interested?
29 posted on 01/16/2004 6:31:54 PM PST by Stultis
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To: kingu
Thanks for the heads up.
30 posted on 01/16/2004 6:40:28 PM PST by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: Stultis
I would love to do this but am working on too many important projects.
31 posted on 01/16/2004 6:40:56 PM PST by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: humblegunner
LOL, probably just scale... but think of the fun.

Does that mean HAT would have to get showtime??
32 posted on 01/16/2004 7:06:41 PM PST by RikaStrom (See this? It's the smallest violin in the world playing Hearts and Flowers, just for the Fastows.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
(writing in AnnaZ)
33 posted on 01/16/2004 7:09:22 PM PST by ChadGore (George W. Bush has done more to earn my vote than any other American alive today.)
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To: mhking
At first when I saw your post I thought you might be tossing your name in there.
34 posted on 01/16/2004 7:40:05 PM PST by weegee
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To: fight_truth_decay
When this idea was first floated, five months ago, I called the office of the would-be producers, identified myself as a reporter (I was legit on that). Found out it wasn't real, then.

Now that it is real, I will put in an application right away.

Congressman Billybob

Click here, then click the blue CFR button, to join the anti-CFR effort (or visit the "Hugh & Series, Critical & Pulled by JimRob" thread).

35 posted on 01/16/2004 7:45:33 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com Visit. Join. Help. Please.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity; nuconvert
ping
36 posted on 01/16/2004 7:46:41 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (He who has never hoped can never despair.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ! LAZ!

The groundswell has begun!
37 posted on 01/16/2004 7:50:17 PM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (where is Count Petofi when we need him most?)
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To: fight_truth_decay
I just read the Eligibility Requirements. In order to get the okay from the Federal Election Commission (and not to run afoul of the various state commissions), the program will not accept anyone who is a "candidate for federal, state or local office."

So, I am disqualified from this contest. I therefore volunteer to support, help, and sell my soul for, whatever Freeper goes for this, and makes the list of 12. (Well, not actually sell my soul, but I will take out a mortgage on it. LOL.)

John / Billybob

38 posted on 01/16/2004 7:53:58 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com Visit. Join. Help. Please.)
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To: fight_truth_decay; 1rudeboy; A.J.Armitage; aruanan; Barnacle; BillyBoy; Bulldog; celeste_aida; ...
Anyone?
39 posted on 01/16/2004 7:59:26 PM PST by RedWing9 (No tag here... Just want to stay vague...)
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To: riri; 4mycountry; Lazamataz
When I read the title I said "Lazamataz"

Then I said, "Eeeh, too many skeletons in the closet I'd imagine..." We'd need an image consultant for sure. LOL



40 posted on 01/16/2004 8:04:01 PM PST by adam_az (Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting weftists.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
If they do this right, it may be and interesting way to get all points of view across to the numbskulls who never read a paper but will watch any reality TV show.
41 posted on 01/16/2004 8:05:14 PM PST by Hildy
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To: fight_truth_decay
Hopefully they pick some anarchist-rat who can split the left vote a third way. (Nader being the 2nd way)
42 posted on 01/16/2004 8:07:15 PM PST by adam_az (Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting weftists.)
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To: rdb3
I was about to ping you!!!!
43 posted on 01/16/2004 8:39:08 PM PST by cyborg (feed marmite to the prisoners and they'll never go there again)
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To: humblegunner
Day 7: Dog assuage on the grill and ice cold Shiner beer
44 posted on 01/16/2004 8:42:53 PM PST by Flyer (Happy Birthday Houston Area Texans!)
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To: RedWing9
Is Patrick O'Malley a FReeper?
45 posted on 01/16/2004 9:09:03 PM PST by chicagolady
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To: Ichneumon; RadioAstronomer; Physicist
Any of our scientist types (who am I forgetting?) in a position to take a sabatical if chosen?

It'd make an interesting spin for the producers to have a scientist/conservative. (As hollywooden heads, they probably have no idea how many scientists are conservative.) You might actually get chosen.

46 posted on 01/16/2004 10:32:46 PM PST by Stultis
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To: fight_truth_decay; Alamo-Girl
I nominate AG!!!
47 posted on 01/17/2004 12:17:46 AM PST by JustPiper (Register Independent and Write-In Tancredo for March !!!!)
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To: mhking
DON'T apply... Let a Leftist win the show and syphon votes off the Dem!

8-D

(who do you think it is watching Showtime anyway?)

48 posted on 01/17/2004 2:05:33 AM PST by MitchellC
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To: baltodog
now thats a platform. what is meant by CCW's?
49 posted on 01/17/2004 7:43:34 AM PST by im4given
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To: All
My wife gave me permission.
(That doesn't sound too good, does it? She's my own little United Nations.)

I might just check this out....I'd have to talk with my boss (with whom I'm always politically debating).

This could be cool...
50 posted on 01/17/2004 10:22:58 AM PST by baltodog (Ramen noodles for everyone!!!!)
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