NBC reveals the 18-member cast of The Apprentice 2; all have Friendster profiles.

NBC reveals the 18-member cast of The Apprentice 2; all have Friendster profiles.
NBC has released the identities of the nine women and nine men who will compete on The Apprentice 2 starting Sept. 9. Next week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly has a run-down of the cast; it includes an interview with Trump that shows he’s learned to tone down the superlatives by proclaiming this group “is the smartest bunch of people in reality TV in the world.” NBC.com has also just posted the standard profiles as part of the show’s new web site. But even better, NBC has partnered with Friendster, and all the cast members now have Friendster profiles. Judging by the use of exclamation points, odd capitalization, and generally erratic disclosure of random pieces of information, these were actually written by the cast–or someone in NBC’s marketing department is damn good at faking these things. Either way, this, of course, opens the cast up to even more relentless mocking, as we can peruse their lists of Favorite TV Shows, Favorite Music, and Favorite Books, never mind the fact that we can learn “Who [They] Want to Meet.” For example, not only do we learn that Raj is one of those dimwits who pretends to not watch TV, but he also says that the best way to get a date with him is to kiss his ass: “To be perfectly honest, I enjoy making the acquaintance of beautiful and charming women who are skilled at the art of flattery most of all.” Maria has an odd assortment of tastes, as she likes both Anna Kareninia and The Da Vinci Code, and wants to meet both Donald Rumsfeld and Halle Berry.

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.