NBC may resurrect non-celebrity Apprentice

Although the original Apprentice seemed all but dead thanks to the ratings success of the celebrity edition, the original version of the show may actually return to the network eventually.

NBC’s new executive vice president of alternative programming, Paul Telegdy, just told TV critics in L.A. that “there’s a way back to that.” He said that the charity component of the celebrity version is a
“peripheral benefit and feels of the moment,” and that NBC is “enjoying the success of the celebrity iteration.”

But he said, “of course there’s a way back to Apprentice 1.0,” which focuses on finding a job, a topic Telegdy said “will be relevant again.”

When a critic asked the question, I rolled my eyes and thought it was kind of ridiculous because the show was all but dead before the celebrity edition brought it back to life. You’ll recall that Trump quit after NBC delayed its decision following a lackluster sixth season, never mind Trump’s earlier anger over the Martha Stewart edition.

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

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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.