Trump fires more than half of one team, and one-third of the remaining candidates

Fed up with the continued incompetence of his candidates, Donald Trump pulled out his metaphorical machete and metaphorically slaughtered more than half of the Excel team. Perhaps the biggest surprise was that he surprised us by firing four people at once.

James, Jennifer M., Mark, and project manager Josh were all fired after their team turned in the worst performance in the history of The Apprentice. Charged with creating a promotion to increase sales at a Dick’s Sporting Goods, “Capital Edge increased sales 74 percent with their event, but Excel wound up driving sales down by 34 percent,” as Yahoo’s recap puts it.

Thus, Trump dumped 30 percent of the remaining candidates, telling them, “You’re all fired. All four are fired. Go home. Go home.”

Week 6: Dick’s Sporting Goods [Yahoo!]
‘Apprentice’ incompetence leads to big layoffs [MSNBC]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.