Tapping into voter apathy in the U.S., filmmaker R.J. Cutler is teaming up with New York-based Showtime Networks for a summer launch of a 10-episode political competition series titled The American Candidate. Described as ‘Survivor meets The
War Room‘, the reality show will round up 12 potential American politicos who will be narrowed down by viewers to one candidate who could conceivably run for the presidency.
Cutler, the filmmaker behind the pbs series American High and producer of the Oscar-winning The War Room, says the show, which will air during the actual presidential race, examines the relationship between TV and the selection of political leaders. ‘A lot of [reality shows] are completely mindless, but the genre is perfectly capable of exploring thoughtful issues,’ says Cutler. ‘This show will explore ‘Is this really the best we could do?’ to see if there are people out there who wouldn’t otherwise have entered the political fray, but who could emerge as viable national leaders.’ KV