Apprentice changes exemption rules, requiring a team vote

For the fourth Apprentice, there’s going to be a change to the game. In the past, project managers who led their team to victory were automatically immune from eviction if they ended up in the boardroom the following week. (Well, except for dumbass Bradford.)

Candidates on The Apprentice 4 will find that “the winning project managers will only be exempt the following week if their team members grant them that privilege.”

That rule change is the second of two “twists”; the first is coyly referred to in an NBC press release as apparently having to do with golf: Trump “tees up a big twist in the first 10 minutes that will give the candidates a serious run for their money,” it says.

The release also details the first task, which is sponsored by Bally Total Fitness.

NBC’s “The Apprentice” Debuts on Thursday, Sept. 22 [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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