CSI beats Apprentice finale; were finalists’ project choices sexist?

During the season, The Apprentice 3 was watched by fewer people than watched The Apprentice 2, and that held true even during the finale. Just 13.7 million viewers watched the finale, about the same number that watched normal episodes. That was well under half of the 30 million or so viewers who watched CSI at the same time, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Trump’s show did beat a special episode of American Idol at the same time; it was watched by 8.8 million people.

During the finale of The Apprentice 3, Kendra and Tana were offered two different tasks: renovating a mansion in Palm Beach and running Miss Universe. Considering that the last two final candidates, Bill and Kelly, both had the opportunity to work on skyscrapers or other massive real estate projects, were these options sexist? The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes said during an online chat that,

“Yes, it was sexist. But seriously, what did you expect? Actually, that’s not fair; I would have thought that someone at NBC would have woken (woken?) up and said “Hey, wait a minute, you can’t give the female winner a choice of “chick” jobs when your male winners are working on building buildings, etc. Apparently no one at NBC woke up. Either that or NBC’s offices, like Brigadoon, float in the ether and only come down to earth every so often and the last time they touched down was the 50s.”

Tarantino’s ‘CSI’ finale pulls in 30 mil viewers [THR]
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Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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