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November 28, 2014

Who Needs Celebs? NBC Bringing Back the Original 'Apprentice'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Mar 17th 2010 6:16PM
Ta ta disgraced governors. See ya, washed-up rock stars.

According to the TheWrap, NBC is bringing back the celeb-free version of 'The Apprentice' for the first time since 2007, with a recession-era twist: "Real people" contestants who've been hit hard by the bad economy will get a chance to reverse their fortunes by wowing boss Donald Trump.

The return of the original premise has been rumored for some time. Trump recently declared himself all for it, telling reporters, "I will be very involved if they bring back regular 'Apprentice,'" he said. "I'd be very involved in the casting again."

Ta ta disgraced governors. See ya, washed-up rock stars.

According to the TheWrap, NBC is bringing back the celeb-free version of 'The Apprentice' for the first time since 2007, with a recession-era twist: "Real people" contestants who've been hit hard by the bad economy will get a chance to reverse their fortunes by wowing boss Donald Trump.

The return of the original premise has been rumored for some time. Trump recently declared himself all for it, telling reporters, "I will be very involved if they bring back regular 'Apprentice,'" he said. "I'd be very involved in the casting again."

Trump even boasted that the show could be a one-network stimulus package: "We've got to do something about the economy and this is a terrific way to provide jobs as well as business lessons along the way," he said. "NBC, Mark Burnett and I hope this economic downturn can begin a turnaround, and we'll do our best with 'The Apprentice' to see that it starts happening. I'm proud to be putting people back to work, and to positively changing the psychology of America."

Well, one little reality show may not save the economy, but it probably won't hurt the bottom line for whoever wins. Previous winners Bill Rancic (now on the E! series 'Giuliana and Bill' with TV host wife Giuliana Rancic) and two-time participant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth have managed to become reality mainstays since appearing on the show.

'Apprentice 2.0' does not have an official premiere date, but fall is "a possibility." The current cast of 'Celebrity Apprentice' includes Sinbad, Sharon Osbourne and rocker (and 'Rock of Love' star) Bret Michaels. With so many repeat reality-TV offenders, we could use a little celebrity reality-TV rehab! Someone page Dr. Drew!

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