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 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.

about the writer

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.