The Apprentice 3 debuts tonight.

The Apprentice 3 debuts tonight.
A year and 12 days after debuting the first season, and just over a month after the second season concluded, NBC kicks off The Apprentice 3 tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET with an hour-and-a-half premiere. The candidates are divided into two teams, “street smarts” and “book smarts.” Trump promises that this mix will yield “deeper, more emotional” boardrooms. “I think the emotion is what makes them amazing. There are some that are unbelievable,” he told the AP.

New and old candidates won’t be at Donald Trump’s Saturday wedding to Melania Knauss. Trump told the AP that he didn’t invite any Apprentice people. “I decided not to do that. I don’t think it would be appropriate. I’m trying to keep it down to a minimum.” That’s amusing, because, one, he’s assuming they’d actually want to go. Two, he’s assuming that those who do want an invite aren’t just waiting for an invitation for the next wedding, which we all know will come soon enough. Trump said he has plans to make sure this one lasts: “I’m going to devote more time to the wife.” Ah, yes, that should work, because referring to your life partner as an object certainly is a sign of relationship success.

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.

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