The Apprentice 3 will be “book smarts vs. street smarts,” will debut January 20.

The Apprentice 3 will be “book smarts vs. street smarts,” will debut January 20.
As we learned during last night’s second-season finale, The Apprentice 3 will abandon the men versus women format and revert instead to a battle between people with differing types of education. NBC is framing this as “book smarts vs. street smarts,” and as Donald Trump said, one team will have candidates with nothing more than a high school diploma. One other change for next season: George will only be in about half of the episodes, according to the New York Post, which profiles Michelle Scarborough, the exec who will replace George at least once. Perhaps most surprisingly, the second season will debut January 20–the same week that American Idol 4 kicks off.
+ also: The Apprentice 4 is currently casting, although they’re recycling the PDF application from the second season.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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