Apprentice casting producer suggests applicants “be who you are”

How does one get close enough to Donald Trump to latch one’s face onto his buttocks? An Apprentice casting producer, who’s currently in the middle of casting the fifth season of the show, says that wannabes should be one thing: themselves.
Scott Salyers tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “So many people act the way they think we want them to. Just be who you are. I’m not looking for the loudest. I’m not looking for the craziest. My first and foremost job is to find someone who can run Donald Trump’s business.”

According to a PR firm, the show is looking for someone with a UPC symbol tattooed on their forehead. Brian Tedeschi says, “People need to think about themselves as a brand.”

So, before you show up for an audition, think carefully: Are you Lucky Charms with “revealing” pseudo-marshmallows? A 12-pack of sweet and sour Berry Lemonade-flavored Jones Soda? A role of generic two-ply toilet paper that shreds as it unrolls? Or a tear-shaped bottle of Method Hand Wash?

Self-confidence is key, experts advise ‘Apprentice’ wannabes [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
The Apprentice Open Calls [NBC]

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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