A loft, a conference room, and a cigar: it’s Martha’s Apprentice

And there it all was: The same dramatic music as the non-fired cast members walked back to the loft; the almost-traditional, expected dismissal of the first losing project manager; even the voice-overs in the boardroom conference room when Martha needed to say something brilliant that she forgot to actually say during production.

There was also a cast that was ready to chew each other apart immediately, like the homophobic control freak with an anger problem (Jim), a woman who was incapable of working when there was noise (Dawn), and a project manager who made arbitrary, inexplicably stupid decisions (Jeff).

But The Apprentice: Martha Stewart was also decidedly Martha’s. She wrote a kind letter–in longhand! on stationary!–to the person who was fired was told that he did not fit in with her organization. And everything was big and bright and attractive. And Martha’s left-hand man couldn’t stop creepily fondling a huge cigar the whole evening.

Still, it was still The Apprentice, and although Martha has yet to reveal much to us, or verbally destroy one of the candidates, it was just as fun as Trump’s.

Week 1: Random House [Yahoo]
Yes, Martha Fires Someone, but Pink Slip Is Scented [New York Times]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.