Stefani hired as Trump’s sixth Apprentice

Stefani Schaeffer, who never served as a project manager on The Apprentice 6, was hired by Donald Trump during the life finale, becoming his second female apprentice. Stefani chose to work on a Trump project in the Dominican Republic.

It was an unremarkable end to a season that started big with twists but ended weakly, with four annoying candidates. E! Online says that this season was “The Apprentice’s lowest-rated installment to date — 7.4 million viewers a week.”

During the live finale, Trump fired the candidates in rough order of annoyingness: first Frank, then Nicole, and finally James, leaving Stefani as the only real choice. Her former teammates supported her, too; Heidi told Trump, “I love strong women, and I think Stefani is the epitome of the strong woman.” Surya told Trump “you’re on your own” when Trump asked for his opinion, but suggested that there’s a “young man named Sanjaya who’s looking for a job.” So witty.

Stefani played off of the controversial conclusion to The Apprentice 4 and told Trump, “Hire me, and let me hire James.”

Apprentice Looks Under Radar, Finds Stefani [E! Online]
Episode 14: Live Final Four Showdown [Yahoo!]

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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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.