overseas Apprentices having difficulty finding their version of Donald Trump.

overseas Apprentices having difficulty finding their version of Donald Trump.
Casting to fill the role of superlative-slinging ego-centric mogul has been difficult for producers of Apprentice spin-offs overseas. Australia’s Nine cancelled plans for their own version of the show because they failed to find someone to front it. In Germany, “everyone they’ve asked, all the big names, have turned them down,” a German trade magazine writer tells The Hollywood Reporter. “German business culture is worlds away from America’s. Here it is very important to be seen as serious, respectable. Appearing on a reality TV show is not something a serious German executive would ever consider.” Those cultural differences are key, as the UK didn’t have trouble finding a star; Alan Sugar is heading up their spin-off.

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Ben Folds

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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.

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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.