THE APPRENTICE is already falling victim to itself. This might be a record-breaking speed from great to terribly shallow and full of itself. It’s a cycle that just about all reality shows go through. The original cast members don’t know what they’re in for, really, and there’s a certain charm to the whole thing. The second cast has a better idea, but there’s still an excitement in the air. By the third show, the formula starts morphing and the casting becomes one done for conflict and drama over “getting the job done.”
If I were Trump, I’d fire all the remaining contestants today and move on with my life. Season Three is a disaster so far. Burnett did a great job in casting strong personalities that are guaranteed to never get along. He’s amped up the drama at the price of the interesting decisions and business lessons that the show once featured. Now, it’s just a race to see who acts like the least of the idiots.
On the other hand, there’s a certain fascination with watching train wrecks. That’s what this season is. It’s the train wreck you watch for the immediate satisfaction of how the formula will completely break down today. Next week, someone quits, more fights happen, and Trump will undoubtedly get flustered and have a self-deprecating joke to make about it.
At least we still have Caroline.