The Apprentice L.A. (Season 6) Jumps The Shark

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I’ve always been a big fan of The Apprentice and in preparing to write this was suprised to find that we’re already on the sixth season! Unfortunately I think that The Apprentice L.A. has jumped the shark this season.

I don’t follow ratings very much, but from what I’ve heard last season’s show slipped from previous years, so I suppose the producers thought it was time to throw some changes in the mix. In my opinion they’ve made the show at best silly and at worst just plain dumb.

Oh, the whole drama of trying to become the ultimate Type A personality is still there, but they’ve thrown some really odd stuff into the mix that really dilutes the core concept of the show, and unless they go back to basics next season (if there IS a next season) the ratings are only going to get worse.

Of course the biggest change was moving the show from New York City to Los Angeles. Not a brilliant move in my opinion. Even on TV the pulse and life of NYC comes across, while LA is so spread out and devoid of any real energy that it’s just sad. Oh sure they’ve got the beaches and… um… what else do they have?

And now instead of having both teams live in some swanky accomodations, there was a task right off the bat which determined which team would get to live in a luxurious guest house and which team would have to live outside, in tents. This seems really ridiculous to me considering the end goal of this show is to have Trump hire someone to manage some huge project. Wouldn’t he rather have everyone compete on a level playing field? I mean camping is uncomfortable enough, but to have to be ready to conduct corporate level business while living in this situation while the other team lives in luxury is just plain stupid if you’re trying to evaluate all the contestants equally.

And then there is the new idea of having the winning project manager not only continue to be project manager, but to have them sit in on the firing session in the boardroom. How are other team members supposed to prove themselves in a leadership position? Having both George and Carolyn gone from the boardroom makes it seem like we’re watching some other show.

Of course right in line with the whole “LA” thing, this week’s episode featured Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion in LA, complete with a poolside party populated with tons of “bunnies”.

Welcome to L.A.

I’ll probably continue to watch this season, but I don’t have high hopes that it will get much better.

At least I still have 24. :-)P

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  1. The Apprentice? Is that show still on the air? :-)

    Seriously, that show lost its appeal for me after season #2. I’ve moved on… based on what you’re saying about the current season, I haven’t missed much.


  2. Well I’ve gotten over “Survivor” but I’m still hanging on to this one for now. :-)


  3. Never really got into this show… Maybe it was the fact that it was SOOOOO many type-a’s all getting their 15 minutes… but then that’s just me.

  4. Yeah, but it was always fun to see them eat their own. ;-)


  5. I been an avid watcher of the show; I can understand why Carolyn is AWOL : Trump fired her last fall!- yes-FIRED HER- for going out and doing speaking engagement type things instead of being hands on with the Golf Course in CA. As for George, last two seasons he wasn’t in the boardroom all that much, usually “away on business” or something like that.

    I kind of liked Bill Rancic being in the side chair, though. I wouldn’t mind it if any of the other “Apprentice” winners will appear later as Bill once did.

    The new twists are going to get the canidates ticked off at each other. I think if I was one of them and I had to live like a homeless person/squatter for a few weeks I would tell Mr. Trump -and Mark Burnnet- to kiss my rear. I would not want to work for Trump if he treats his possible employees like sacks of dirt.

    The odd thing? I want the Donald to put his foot up Rosie’s rump!

  6. Yeah, I didn’t mind Bill Rancic on the show, although it seemed like maybe Trump had him there to keep him off the jobsite. :-)

    This season does seem to be over the top with the tent thing… I really just don’t like it.


  7. Very disappointed in the Apprentice. No surprise that one contestant quit. Well educated professionals should be able to sleep inside and bath in normal bathrooms. Very disappointing – please go back to NY.

  8. Jane,

    I’m with you 100%. I’m sure it’s intimidating sitting there across from Trump, but an appropriate reply to him lambasting her for quitting would be “I signed up for ‘The Apprentice’, not ‘Survivor’.”