Apprentice 5 casting starts tomorrow

We’re still waiting for season four, but Donald Trump is already looking for a new group of ass-kissing b-school, type A personalities to compete as part of The Apprentice 5. Over the summer, 15 cities will hold open casting calls; Trump will appear at the New York casting in July.

The auditions begin tomorrow in LA. The complete list, from an NBC press release:

  • Orange County/ Los Angeles, CA Saturday, June 25th, 5 Points Plaza, 18591 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
  • New York, NY Friday, July 8th, Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Ave @ 56th St., New York, NY 10022
  • Salt Lake City, UT Saturday, July 9th, KSL-TV, 55 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84110
  • Boston, MA Saturday, July 9th, Jordan’s Furniture, 1 Underprice Way (Route 9) Natick, MA 01760
  • Minneapolis, MN Saturday, July 9th, Arrow Pontiac GMC, 1111 Highway 110, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
  • Miami, FL Friday, July 15th, Location TBA
  • Des Moines, IA Saturday, July 16th, Merle Hay Mall at the Lower Bridge Court, 3850 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
  • San Francisco, CA Saturday, July 16th, NBC 11 Downtown Studio, 848 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111
  • Baltimore, MD Saturday, July 16th, M&T Bank Pavilion at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Portland, OR Saturday, July 23rd Bridgeport Village, Off I-5 at Exit #290, 17001 SW 72nd Ave, Tigard, OR 97224
  • Chicago, IL Saturday, July 23rd, NBC5- NBC Tower, 454 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60611
  • Nashville, TN Saturday, July 23rd, Curb Event Center at Belmont University, Beaman Rooms A & B, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212
  • Pittsburgh, PA Saturday, July 23rd Duquesne University, Student Union, 600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15282
  • San Diego, CA Saturday, July 30th, Horton Square, (adjacent to NBC 7 / 39 Studios) 225 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Anchorage, AK Saturday, July 30th, KTUU, 701 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503
  • Charlotte, NC Saturday, July 30th, Birkdale Village, 8712 Townley Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
  • Austin, TX Saturday, July 30th, Location TBA
Trump “fires” up 17 cities in search of next “Apprentice” [NBC press release]

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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