This is a good week for reality television everybody (a la Craig Ferguson)!
NBC, which is hard up for new shows after the Jay Leno fiasco, has rebooted its original reality series The Apprentice (the non-celebrity version) starring Donald Trump. This will be the show’s 6th season with a new focus on the country’s economy by casting 14 contestants affected by the recession. TV Guide reports, “The new cast will consist of people who have been laid off, are unhappy with their current career path or recently graduated with few possibilities.” Right after finishing this blog entry I am emailing the casting director to get myself on this show because if you didn’t know, all of the above apply to me and I need a job! Nobody else apply, I’m more desperate than you and I don’t need the competition just to make it on the show! In the meantime, while you are not trying to get on The Apprentice, you can watch the new season of The Celebrity Apprentice (premiere was this past Sunday) Sundays at 9 on NBC.
TVGuide.com reported today that Fox ordered a 3rd season of Kitchen Nightmares, a delightful reality series starring Chef Gordon Ramsay as he travels to failing restaurants across the country to knock some sense into its owners and staff and bring the restaurants up to par with his high standards. Kitchen Nightmares is one of my favorite shows when I’m not too busy gagging as Chef Ramsay discovers nastiness in the restaurant like spoiled food, cockroaches, and bodily fluid on the bathroom ceiling (I know right, WTF?!?!). But really, it’s a good show with plenty of real-life drama. Kitchen Nightmares is currently airing on Fridays at 9pm.
According to TVGuide, NBC also ordered a spin-off of The Biggest Loser starring trainer Jillian Michaels. The series follows Michaels as she moves in with different families and tries to change their diet and exercise habits. Losing It With Jillian will premiere on June 1st following the premiere of America’s Got Talent.