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Five Reasons Why 'The Apprentice' Needs to Retire

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 10th 2010 2:30PM

Congratulations to Brandy Kuentzel, the latest winner of 'The Apprentice.'

She may very well be the last.

How much longer can this show survive? After seeing a nearly 75 percent decline in ratings from its premiere season, it's time for 'The Apprentice' to retire and here's five key reasons why ...

1. The Apprentice is one-note.

Who is producing this show anymore? Is Mark Burnett even involved anymore? As adept as Burnett is in being able to come up with some really crazy challenges on 'Survivor,' he really phoned in the tasks on 'The Apprentice.' Unlike the (non-Burnett) 'Amazing Race,' where someone can get hit in the head with a watermelon, there really isn't an interesting/outstanding project that doesn't feel like it's been done before or where you can't guess the outcome.

2. Being Donald Trump's 'Apprentice' doesn't really mean anything anymore.

Remember when being Trump's 'Apprentice' actually meant something? Like 'American Idol's' Kelly Clarkson, Bill Rancic was probably the first and last person to truly benefit from 'The Apprentice' title. He successfully parlayed the opportunity both personally and professionally (Giuliana Rancic, anyone?).

However, it has become quite clear that the true 'Apprentices' of the Trump Organization are the Trump children themselves. It would've been logical to replace former judges Carolyn Kepcher and George Ross with actual apprentices. Nope! Nepotism and genetics are the true keys to winning a seat at the right and left of the Donald.

3. This season was 'Trumped' by one contestant's real-life firing.
I'll admit, I had a lot of hope for this season because the producers aimed to tap into the nation's worries during the worst recession in ages. They couldn't buy this marketing opportunity! So, there was a glimmer of hope that this season might actually mean something for the winner when they kept touting that all contestants were currently unemployed. Liars.

It was a great concept for a millisecond before we quickly realized that a few of the contestants were actually gainfully employed. One of the contestant standouts (for bad reasons), Mahsa, ended up losing her job because of her participation on 'The Apprentice.' Which goes back to reason No. 2 -- demonstrating further how little it means for someone to be an 'Apprentice.'

4. TV is crazy enough these days; getting fired is not worth watching.
When 'The Apprentice' first aired in 2004, 'Friends' was still on television. Since then, getting fired seems like child's play now that the TV landscape is littered with the likes of 'Hoarders,' 'I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant' and 'Jersey Shore.' With shows like these, it's clear that there is something much worse in life than getting fired! Also, considering the nation's unemployment rate is hovering at double-digit rates, seeing regular people getting fired isn't very fun to watch anymore. Instead, isn't more fun to see it happen to celebrities? Speaking of ...

5. Let's keep putting celebrities to the test.
Think about the job you are at -- day in and day out. Now think about Lady Gaga doing that job. Wouldn't that be nuts? 'The Apprentice' has been the only vehicle on television where we can take those otherwise "boring" tasks done by regular Joes we don't care about -- and subjecting them to the torture of the little person's life. Honestly, who doesn't love to hate on celebrities. They make oodles of money, they get endless cool stuff for free and they don't have to go through the 9-5 pains the rest of us do. That's the only real way 'The Apprentice' can keep on going at this rate.

What do you think -- should regular-flavor 'Apprentice' get fired for good?

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laughin@stupid

first thing that comes to mind when asked why cancel lol its because the show sucks and donald and his offspring are so full of themselfs lol thats just the first reason lpl

December 11 2010 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anne

Paid advertiseements,talk shows,and reality shows all need to go the way of the dodo bird. If the networks can't come up with decent programing they can go off the air or show the greats from the past. Have a sci fi night, romance night, action...you get the idea.

December 11 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
buddy

just saw the sarah. if you think the apprentice is boring try watching this.

December 11 2010 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Wiley

I think "The Donald" blew it this year. Brandy has talent--but--Clint showed talent, passion, knowledge and determination in EVERY task. Ivanka's comment about her concern that he delegated too much was WAY out of line. Clint used his talents to the highest level of competence. Brandy's team BLEW IT on the prizes--ya don't buy Chevy gifts for Rolls Royce guests. Clint took a printing mistake and made a remarkable recovery--he adapted, improvised, negotiated and overcame. This is the only Apprentice winner I disagree with and hopefully some smart executive will see the proven talent of Clint and he'll rise to the top.

December 11 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura Lynn

It's not exactly the most uplifting show on TV right now. With unemployment at an all-time high no one wants to see people get fired every week when they have spent the whole week looking for a job without success. It's a real downer!

December 11 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JIM GUYNUP

WITH ALL THE SHOOTINGS AND MURDERS ON TV ALONG WITH
WASTE OF TIME SITCOMS -THE APPRENTICE WAS REALLY A PLEASANT DIVERSION. ON THIS LAST SERIES TRUMP HAD ALREADY DECIDED A FEW SHOWS BACK AFTER BRANDY HAD DONE A PROJRCT WHERE SHE WAS PRESENTING TO AN AUDIENCE ,TRUMP MADE THE COMMENT OF HIRING HER. THAT IS WHY HE OVERLOOKED ALL THE MISTAKES OF HER FINAL
TASK AND THAT IS WHERE I LOST RESPECT FOR MR TRUMP WHERE HE CHOSE EYE CANDY OVER CLINT'S CLASS AND TALENT.AND NO I AM NOT A RELATIVE OF CLINT'S. HE DEFINTELY NEEDS A NEW PRODUCER IF HE CONTINUES.

December 11 2010 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

If I know Donald Trump, he'll die before he decides
to retire The Apprentice on NBC for good, because
he's just that rich. Even if he does step down as
the host of the show, he'll probably still be behind
the scenes in some fashion or another. Like it or not,
TV Squad, the show's not going away anytime soon.

December 11 2010 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pierpoint Windsor

YOUR FIRED DT==erkers. Talk about the dumbing down of America-if what is represented on this SHOW are the creme dela crems they're full of cumbs..Rarely is executive professionalism at a high level displayed, rather contestant personalities are all important and how well they take direction. WE stopped viewing long ago-With all DUE respect to the Trumps this show is not doing any of them any favors...Trump for prez in three thousand fifty six---..

December 11 2010 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erika Palma

They doin't even show Apprentice here in the San Francisco, CA area. I have tried, I cannot find it. Maybe they show it way past my bed time. I used to love it but it needs to go back to the way it was done in the beginning.
I wanted Mr Trump to run for President in 1988, not now, because he is Republican and I am a Democrat.

December 11 2010 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hwhrtm1

hey how would we have kept up with the brett michaels saga w/out it

December 11 2010 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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