NBC posts, removes recession-focused Apprentice casting notice

NBC posted and then removed a recession-focused casting notice for a new, regular person version of The Apprentice on Thursday.

The casting notice (it can still be viewed on Yahoo’s cache of the page) cited the recession and announced seven open casting calls, including two with specific locations and specific details about each location: Trump Tower on May 13 and May 21 at the Granada Theater in Dallas. Other casting call cities listed were Detroit, Atlanta, Phoenix, Denver, and Los Angeles.

The headline said “Donald Trump wants to put America back to work,” and said the show is “on the hunt to find the best and the brightest minds in America at a time when employment opportunities are scarce,” and instructions said potential cast members should “explain why you should be the next Apprentice as well as how the recession has affected your life.”

With such specific details about the first two casting calls–each had specific times for wristband distribution and interview start times–I’d guess someone just pulled the trigger too fast on posting the casting notices, and that they’ll return after NBC officially announces the return of the regular version, which I’ll call The Apprentice 7.

NBC’s reality executive Paul Telegdy said earlier this year that it might return, and recently, Trump said both the regular and celebrity editions might air at the same time.

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