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Fall TV 2010: My Review of NBC’s The Apprentice

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, after years of Joan Rivers, Piers Morgan and more, we get back to real people in tough times…

What NBC Says:

NBC, Donald Trump and Mark Burnett offer 16 economically challenged candidates the opportunity to compete for the ultimate second chance at reviving their careers when the boardroom reopens for a 2-hour premiere on Thursday, September 16 (9-11 p.m. ET). This group of uniquely talented and fiercely competitive candidates will compete over 13 weeks to become “The Apprentice.” Each of these 16 candidates is deserving of a fresh start and will have to battle it out with each other as they fight to prove they have the guts and determination to confront the toughness of each challenge and survive Donald Trump’s final judgment. Among the candidates – all of whom have been adversely affected by the economic downturn – include the unemployed, struggling business owners and recent college graduates.

Tune In: The Apprentice is back, and without the trashiness of all those C-List celebs. That is a welcome change, on my part, because I did not need more two hours a week but this cycle seems to not be what I was looking for either.

Tune Out: After seeing the premiere, nothing sparked and the message of the “recession” really was driven home a little too much. I also wish they had taken some initiative of changing the format some. Do we really need more men vs. woman teams, have Ivanka go with the woman, or change-up the type of challenges. The first episode features the teams developing office space, please, something more original.

Watch, Record, Skip: This cycle is nothing to get excited about but if you have liked past originals, you might want to DVR the two-hour premiere tonight at 9/8c (the series will air at 10/9c on Thursday at NBC after that), but if you are not, no need a tuning in.