Apprentice renewed for a sixth season, which will be filmed in LA

NBC has ordered a sixth season of The Apprentice, and for that season, the show will leave New York and be filmed in LA, or more broadly, “Southern California,” according to NBC. The fourth season is wrapping up now, while the fifth season was produced this fall and will air sometime next year.

The Apprentice 6 will have “new challenges, twists and surprises — [and] also will feature tasks indigenous to and emblematic of the new locale,” NBC said in a press release. There’s no scheduled air date yet.

In a statement, producer Mark Burnett said, “Donald has so many recent West Coast projects, that it made perfect sense to change locations and along with it change the flavor of the weekly tasks. Seeing Donald operate in Southern California will provide yet more insight into his remarkable world.” And, as it turns out, Trump will be just as full of shit on the west coast as he is on the east coast.

NBC’s ‘Apprentice’ Goes West For Season 6 [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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