Regular Apprentice will return to NBC with a flimsy connection to the recession

The non-celebrity Apprentice will return to NBC for a seventh season, the network just announced. Just under a year ago, NBC posted and removed a casting notice for the regular edition, which hasn’t aired in three years. There’s not been official word about the return date, but it will probably air in the fall.

The network’s press release says the show will attach itself to the recession, as “the boardroom will be open again for candidates who have been affected by the decline in the job market” and that “Trump will give the opportunity of their careers to 14 new candidates ranging in age — all of whom have been hit hard by the current economic downturn.”

However, it also says that candidates may be “talented and bright prospects who have lost their jobs with no hope in sight, people who are currently holding down jobs they don’t like just to make ends meet and recent college graduates who currently have few if any prospects.”

In other words: anybody.

Open casting calls have not yet been announced, but the show is casting via [email protected], and wants “information regarding how the recession has impacted their lives” in addition to “a recent photo as well as name, location and occupation history.”

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.

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