came up with the saying "All good things must come to an
end" was an idiot. If it was that good in the first
place, it would never go away. That said, I think NBC
would do well to shelve "The Apprentice" for awhile.
Yeah, it will be tough for The Donald to go that long
without being in the public eye, but he'll find a way.
His show has gone from top to bottom in only four
saying the same thing about these shows: in the
beginning we had the interesting tasks. Even the first
one was ingenious; the running of a lemonade stand in
Manhattan. The charity auction for the Elizabeth Glaser
Pediatric AIDS Foundation? Wonderful TV. Now, the
majority of tasks is "Design an advertisement for
whichever company sponsored this week's show". I
suppose all shows go through this sort of thing, having
a first season full of interesting ideas and then
slowing down, but I don't care, I tune in every week to
see something fun, and The Apprentice is not paying
off. Last year, NBC propped up its Saturday primetime
schedule with an extended version, with extra footage
from the Boardroom scenes. That ingenious idea only
lasted a few weeks, unfortunately. The last best part
of the show only lasts for fifteen to twenty minutes.
And what dummy came up with the vote for exemption
idea? No one in their right mind would do it, and yet
eight out of the nine women decided to magnanimously
give one to the Project Manager last week. That act
alone should be enough to call for their
Stewart has also jumped on the bandwagon, but I don't
have a strong enough stomach to watch her show. I guess
it follows the same pattern as the original show, but I
don't really care.
more than aptly describes my apathy of the series. Week
after week I come here, and say "Here are a few ways
that shows could improve." And we still get bad TV. So
I'm not going to put up a list of ways that this
season's show could turn around, because it would be a
waste of typing. Clearly the executives in charge of
the show are content to rest on their laurels, otherwise
they would not be trying to improve what is a stagnant
franchise. Even so, I'm all about second chances, so
I'll give them through the rest of the year. If the
show is still bad, it'll be a loss for NBC, and they'll
get those magic words from me. C'mon, say it with me...
Eberle would like anyone who reads to the end of this
week's column to surf over to pedaids.org. Drop a
couple of dollars there, anything you can. Thank you.
E-mail him at Traviseberle@gmail.com.