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Could Major Spelling Mistake Cost 'Apprentice' Finalist the Win? (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 3rd 2010 5:20AM
'Apprentice' Contestants Spells 'Liza Minnelli' WrongIt's standard practice that in 'The Apprentice' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) finale, several fired contestants return to help the two finalists in the last challenge.

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In part one of the finale, Clint heads up a dinner gala at the Trump National Golf Club. Liza Minnelli will be giving a special performance. Mahsa and Poppy peruse the event's posters: Minnelli's name is spelled wrong.

The next morning, Poppy then notices a second, far worse error. "'Liza Minnelli' wasn't just misspelled on the welcome poster. It was also on each and every individual place card that would go on the dinner tables," explains Poppy.

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Trump Fires 'Apprentice' PM Instead of 'Background' Candidate (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 19th 2010 5:30AM
Stephanie, Liza Defend Themselves on 'Apprentice'Team Fortitude's Stephanie and Liza created a conundrum for Donald Trump on 'The Apprentice' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC). Stephanie's role as project manager gave her ultimate responsibility for the failure of the team's commercial. But no one in the boardroom seemed impressed with Liza's abilities. Who should be fired?

"Liza has sat in the background: She steps up when I show up or during the boardroom," Donald Trump Jr. told his father. Trump said to Stephanie, "I'm not happy with Liza, but you're the project manager, and you have to say you came up with the concept, and that was the single biggest problem you had ... Stephanie, you're fired."

As Liza left the boardroom, Trump gave her a stern warning. "I was not. happy. with. you. one. bit. You better get your act together." Do you agree with Trump's decision?

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'Apprentice' Candidates Fail to Impress Kim Kardashian (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 12th 2010 5:45AM
Kim Kardashian on 'The Apprentice'On 'The Apprentice' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC), contestants created a display advertising Kim Kardashian's new perfume. When the celebrity herself showed up to peruse the result, project manager Poppy was forced to "present her product to her."

She said the team tried to capture Kardashian's tagline ("the voluptuous new fragrance") in the display through lights, rhinestones and sequins. "I believe that the essence of what we have going here just really captures the beautiful woman that we have standing in front of us." Kardashian said, "I love it, it looks great, guys. Good work!" But the feedback in the boardroom was very different.

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Conan Rejoins TV's Most Distinct Haircuts

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 6th 2010 11:00AM
Conan O'Brien's hiatus between 'The Tonight Show' and Nov. 8th's premiere of 'Conan' has left a distinctly large, tall void in television. Sure, we miss O'Brien's smart, absurdist wit. However, we are referring to programming's complete absence of red hair styled into a ridiculously high wave with a flip at the end.

The late-night host's haircut is a punchline by itself. O'Brien often flips and shakes it to tag monologue jokes. He jokingly apologized for it at the end of his infamous written statement about his future on 'The Tonight Show:' "Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it's always been that way." (We're not sorry for it! Conan made our top TV redheads list.)

The great red hairdo has been missed. It is one of the few truly distinct cuts on television. How many actors, hosts or reality stars pop into your head when you think hair? A few for sure, but nowhere near the number 20 years ago – back in the '80s when crazy hairstyles defined a person.

As we welcome Conan back into our late night TV schedules, we also welcome him back into TV's club of distinct on-air hair.

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'Apprentice' Contestant's Sexual Orientation Is Questioned (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 5th 2010 5:30AM
Trump Questions David's Sexual Orientation on 'Apprentice'There's a bizarre and lengthy discussion in the boardroom of 'The Apprentice' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) about one contestant's sexual orientation. It seems that a guy (with five children) can't say another guy is attractive without everyone, including The Donald, wondering if he's gay.

"David just had this ridiculous man-crush" on a model used in the challenge, explains Anand. "It was very odd." Trump asks David outright if he's gay. David says no. Trump clarifies, "You never know, and who cares, right, David? I know guys who were married for 20 years, they left with a guy."

But Trump doesn't change the subject, asking (jokingly, we think), "Are you sure you don't want to come out?" David says, "I'm not gay, dammit, the model was fantastic ... If you look at his picture, he's the man." Trump's son responds, "That sounds pretty gay." And that sounds so junior high...

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The Winning Team Winds Up at the Elimination as Tempers Flare and Lies Are Told on 'The Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 29th 2010 6:21AM
'The Apprentice'Omarosa may be long gone, but that doesn't mean there are no villains on the new season of 'The Apprentice' (Thu. 10PM on NBC). Mahsa reached critical mass this week, as the women revealed a key element of the task to the men's team.

But what really happened created such a heated debate that both teams wound up in the Boardroom during the elimination ceremony.


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Trump: Contestant Gives Strongest Words Ever Heard on 'Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 22nd 2010 4:40AM
Clint Berates David in Front of Trump on 'Apprentice'Donald Trump called it "the strongest group of words I've ever heard on 'The Apprentice,'" (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC).

After David's inappropriate behavior during the pedicab challenge, Octane teammate Clint told Trump that David was "the most classless, schizophrenic human I've ever met in my life. Dave cannot find his rear-end in the bathtub when it comes to business ... Win, lose or draw tonight, sir, I beg you -- I implore you -- to rid us of this plague." Steuart agreed with Clint's sentiments.

Ivanka Trump asked David what he would do in the next task if he didn't get fired. He said he'd make amends and change his game, but Clint was skeptical. "You couldn't get a job as an Oompa-Loompa making gobstoppers. You absolutely shouldn't be here." Would The Donald oblige?

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Nostalgia for 2004: TV's Golden Year

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 18th 2010 8:00PM

I actually remember the pilot season of 2004 -- that alone is saying something. When you write about TV, you're constantly bombarded by previews and they tend to run together. After all, half the time they star the same actors year after year (Matthew Perry, Amy Brenneman, etc.) and they often come in matched pairs with the same plot ('30 Rock' and 'Studio 60,' 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'Medium,' etc.). But 2004 stands out as a year when the pilots were unusually good, and the casts full of fresh faces. At least it all seemed fresh then. Not to be cruel, but it's starting to look a little haggard now.

A lot of shows that began in 2004 are still lingering on the air -- 'Desperate Housewives,' 'House,' and 'The Apprentice' are probably the biggest -- but even those that aren't running anymore still exercise a big influence over our thoughts about TV. 'Lost' changed how networks and viewers think about supernatural dramas on TV, and while the results have been mixed, thanks to 'Lost', we viewers have seen some bizarre stuff make it into series over the last while. 'Veronica Mars,' though it didn't last, was another 2004 show that tested the waters of what you could do in certain genres on TV. The normative violence of rape and sexual assault that girls face in high school and college had never been shown that way before -- and no tougher, smarter, cooler heroine had faced it.

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Donald Trump Fires 2, Says Contestant 'Can't [Beep] Read' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 15th 2010 7:50AM
Donald Trump Fires 2 on 'The Apprentice'On 'The Apprentice' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC), Gene is tasked with emceeing a footwear fashion show. To say that he stumbles over the script is putting it mildly. The various shoes are described as being "biscotti cover -- color," made of "four-grain letter -- leather" and "breather -- breathable -- polyurethane moisture absorbinate [sic] odor-resistant cushioning." And at one point, Gene calls a model Audrey, when that's actually the name of the shoe.

Donald Trump witnesses the botched job firsthand, as he sits on the front row. (Check out the orange foundation overkill.) In the boardroom, Trump says of Wade's performance: "He couldn't [beep] read! ... This is the worst job I've ever seen as an emcee." As a consequence, two contestants take the hit.

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The Women Turn on Tyana on 'The Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 8th 2010 1:00PM
In the boardroom, the women criticize Tyana for disagreeing with their approach to a viral video and not offering a better solution on 'The Apprentice' (Thu, 8PM ET on NBC).

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James and David Fight Like Dogs on 'The Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 1st 2010 5:40AM
James and David Fight on 'The Apprentice'Team Octane had perhaps the biggest mid-task falling out in the history of 'The Apprentice' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC). "Managing this team is like herding cats -- it's miserable," said project manager James, an unemployed attorney.

David was the primary source of woe. He showed attitude and cursed under his breath while the whole team met with a Dog Spa consultant. Next, he went ballistic over missing nails, and attempted to make some himself. "I don't know what planet David lives on where he can turn a binder clip into a nail," said James.

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'Apprentice' Contestant Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy Quits Real Job

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Sep 30th 2010 3:00PM
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, contestant on 'The Apprentice' Tough-as-nails 'Apprentice' contestant Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy has put the nails in her own coffin, killing her career as a Brooklyn assistant district attorney. But could this mean good things for down the road on 'The Apprentice'?

In a situation more fitting for an episode of 'Law and Order,' Saeidi-Azcuy resigned after being recognized during her real-life job as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y.

This season of 'The Apprentice' purported to feature workers suffering from the effects of a down economy; the contestants were assumed to be unemployed. So, it was surprising when viewers were introduced to a gainfully-employed ADA vying for a job at the Trump Organization.

Apparently, none were more surprised than her own boss, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes.

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Donald Trump Fake-Fires Someone on 'The Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 24th 2010 8:25AM
Donald Trump Fake-Fires Someone on 'Apprentice'On 'The Apprentice' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC), Donald Trump repeatedly asked project manager Poppy to identify her team's weakest player. Finally she gave him a name: Liza. As standard boardroom practice, Liza then launched into a heated monologue of self defense.

The Donald also asked teammate Brandy, and the contestant agreed that Liza should be fired. Trump pointed his finger at her and promptly said, "Liza, you're fired."

Stunned silence swept the boardroom.

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'The Apprentice' Season 10, Episode 2 Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 24th 2010 5:53AM
The Apprentice['The Apprentice' - 'Episode 1002']

After one of the most controversial and fiery boardroom ever, the 'Apprentice' contestants dove right into their second task, which consisted of selling ice cream bars all over New York City.

After last week's screaming match with teammates, David stepped up to the plate and assumed the project manager role for Octane. Would this turn out to be a brilliant move that would put him back in his teammates' graces, or would it be a terrible decision that would lead to his firing?

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First 'Apprentice' Boardroom Reveals This Season's Drama Queen (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 17th 2010 10:20AM
Drama Queen Revealed in 'Apprentice' BoardroomThe recession-era version of 'The Apprentice' (Thu., 9PM ET on NBC) has begun, and some things never change. When three of Team Fortitude's members landed in the boardroom, all niceties quickly vanished.

Former assistant district attorney Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy was in full prosecutor mode against project manager and former attorney Nicole Chiu. Perhaps she'll provide much of the drama on this season. But they can all be blamed for dishing accusations and defending themselves -- and all at once.

Donald Trump, his son and daughter sat listening to them talk over each other (for far too long), until finally The Donald cut them off. It was time for his signature line, (that firing one). But don't feel too badly for the first contestant to go: Trump gave her a job interview with his Miss Universe Organization. Swell.

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