Oftentimes at this point in The Apprentice's umpteen-week "job interview" — this round's season-ender unspools on May 29 and June 5 — the two candidates managing their final tasks are faced with most unexpected hurdles. Think back to Season 1, when Kwame Jackson was nearly waylaid by MIA concert performer Jessica Simpson (a near-flake-out that actually makes all the more sense now that we know so much more about the pop tart). Or look as recently as last season's finale, when Joe Piscopo — yes, Joe Pisco
It was jingle all the way... off of NBC's The Apprentice (airing double episodes tonight, starting at 9 pm/ET) for Bryce Gahagan last week, when the 28-year-old custom-home builder got deconstructed by the Donald for, among other things, blaming the wrong teammates for Gold Rush's flunking the Arby's Chicken Naturals task. Does Bryce feel he made a bad call? And does he, like anyone, really believe Trump goes wild for fast-food roast beef? Here's what he had to tell TVGuide.com:
TVGuide.com: The dominant theme for this season — more so than in other seasons — is, "Dude! You're bringing the wrong people into the boardroom."Bryce Gahagan: No, it's called integrity, and not playing into TV. I brought the right people [
The ApprenticeNot long ago, the Onion ran a hilarious piece titled "F--- Everything, We're Doing Five Blades," mocking the inanity of razor marketing. Well, meet the Gillette Fusion "shaving system" featuring — wait for it — five blades. Is there an expression for when real life can't keep up with satire? The 17 remaining Donald wannabes (Donnabes?) are tasked with creating a text-message marketing campaign for the Fusion. But first, Trump takes a quick break from product placement to engage in corporate America's other favorite pastime: nepotism. Donald's daughter, Ivanka, will be playing the role of Carolyn in tonight's episode, while old-school Apprentice Bill Rancic fills in for George.
The ApprenticeThe Trump Corporation's televised HR department gets under way for the fifth time as 18 new candidates go hunting for a job with the Donald. The action gets started with each team choosing sides in the time-honored school-yard style: picking the dorky fat kid last. As one regularly chosen last for kickball, I immediately find myself routing for Brent. Sure, he's the first candidate in Apprentice history with a worse haircut than Trump, and he's not above pitching karaoke as a good idea, but is his team name (Killer Instinct) really any worse than Synergy or Gold Rush?
Anyway, tonight's battle of blimps to increase Sam's Club memberships finds perky Allie leading Synergy, while card-carrying genius Tarek takes th