Apprentice 5 cast announced, features “a Russian, an Englishman, and a Mensa member”

NBC headlines their latest press release “A Russian, an Englishman, and a Mensa member…,” and also mentions “a psychotherapist, appellate attorney and sticker company owner,” as if this is the start of some really awful third-grade joke. And it is: they’re all members of The Apprentice 5‘s cast.

This time, the oldest cast member is 38, with eight of the candidates in their 20s. I thought that was unusual until I looked at least season’s cast; its oldest member was Markus at 41, with the rest hovering around 30. They just all looked like they’d been through more than a few cycles in that stone-filled machine clothing manufacturers use to age jeans.

In a press release, Donald Trump does that thing he always does, whereby he metaphorically urinates on the old cast by promising us that this cast is better, as if he didn’t promise us that last time. “I once again hand-picked this season’s 18 candidates and this group is as smart and likable as season four but even more entertaining,” he said.

The new season debuts two weeks from today.

A Russian, an Englishman and a Mensa Member Join the Fifth Season of NBC’s “The Apprentice” [NBC press release]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.