No, I'm not referring to Sean and Lee....
....but rather Mark Burnett and Donald Trump. They have turned this compelling business reality show into a spectacle with barely a shred of respectability. Every bit of that finale was painful to watch, from the "Trumped" up drama of Andrea's nosebleed to the unfortunate and pre-mature whisking away of the winner from the celebrations to promote some sponsor's product. Adding to that the timing miscue, we were left with people standing around with nothing to do and looking uncomfortable. A lame ending to a lame finale.
In total, the first ten minutes and last 3 minutes of the show were useless fluff, yet the drama of the boardroom evaluation was almost cut to nothing. What was the purpose of the New York boardroom scene anyway? Trump polling everyone in sight for their opinion was stupid and just made him look the same. If he really walked into that auditorium not knowing who to pick, he is not the man he pretends to be. While they were both good guys, the actual competition for a real job was so lopsided that it turned into a feel good fest with everyone saying how they both were so great.
The live studio audience thing is bad enough, but to package it around the final task is horrible, especially hearing the cheers and jeers while the task is still going on. And that announcer --- "Next, see Jamie Presley get pissed off, and later, see how America voted !!" --- just made it all seem like a put on spectacle rather than a competition.
The whole premise behind the show is already suspect - with Trump claiming a million applicants, when it could not possibly be anywhere near that. (America's Next Top Model only claims 50,000 applicants, and for that you only have to be pretty and under-employed.) We are supposed to believe that Brent is the best of a million American business people? Plus Trump claims to hand pick the finalists, but he can't even remember who Pepe is ??? These are clearly not America's best and brightest, but are selected for dramatic interest. Then to put on top of that a viewer poll to help Trump make the decision, just cheapens it even further. If you notice, the whole claim that the apprentice "is going to be running one of my companies" has totally disappeared. If you read Randall's website, it's obvious that he's not even working full time on the construction project with TER. It's just a sham, er shame, that it's losing its believabilty.
If you watch the UK version, you really believe that Alan Sugar is hiring someone that will have a real job (as opposed to doing PR) for his company. He's ruthless, unscripted and real. Even Martha Stewart's lame show was believable, but that's probably why it got cancelled. Fluff and drama, like people falling in love during the show, is what sells in America.
And next season moves to LA? That's sure to get things back to reality !!!!