There are very few shows that I watch on a regular basis. In fact, there are only two: Survivor and The Apprentice. In light of the new season airing tonight, I thought it would make a good subject for today's blog. During the first season of Apprentice, I recall getting upset at many of the episodes' results. I was finally struck with the realization that despite the show's intention of narrowing contestants down to the "best employee" (no disrespect to Bill Rancic), what was really happening was that the last candidate standing would be more appropriately described as the Survivor than the Apprentice. It wasn't until Sam got fired that I could finally reconcile what was taking place. Here is the great epiphany that was revealed to me: "It's a game show." HA! Contrary to popular opinion, Sam should have made it further into the game. Regardless, I realized that time and time again, Donald Trump was firing people based on emotion or persuasions from other candidates, NOT based on who was the least qualified to be the best apprentice in his organization. So I quit criticizing his decisions...well ok, I always criticize his decision, but I did not get as upset when he made the wrong decision! Sure, it sort of taints the objective of the show, but I'm ok with that, because it is still entertaining to watch. I think the drama, ratings boosters (poor Stacie J, the perceived-to-be crazy chick), alliances, back-stabbing, and gossipping is silly, but I thoroughly enjoy the business projects that make up the competitions. I would LOVE to be project manager on a lot of those projects in real life, but not on the "game show."
I'm excited that a new season is beginning. I'm a little curious to see how divided the groups become since the contestants are a split between highly educated people and hard workers with no educational background. I think the competitions could be better due to the wide array of experience each team will have, but I think the drama will be sillier than ever due to the wide gap in similarities among the contestants. It will be interesting to see. I hope Donald Trump makes better decisions, not "ratings-based" decisions, and I hope he does a better job explaining his reasons. I can do without all the overacting, trying to appear as a very busy man, which we all know he is, but his silly actions between scenes just make me roll my eyes most of the time. Carolyn Kepcher rocks! She is awesome! I liked her more and more every episode. I'm actually reading her book, titled "Carolyn 101 - Business Lessons from The Apprentice's Straight Shooter", and it is full of very practical advice, as well as some funny storytelling. It's a great book so far, and I think she'd be a great "blogger!" I love her intuition and her direct personality. I would love to have a boss like her, especially in a large organization. She breeds productivity. George is kinda fun to watch. He always seems like he has a chip on his shoulder and hates every single one of the contestants, but he tries to repress his disgust and remain civil. I like how he gets upset and tells it the way it is.
I will probably blog every Thursday night about the Apprentice and give my opinions and critiques, so if you don't care for the Apprentice, then don't read my blog Friday mornings. :) If you DO like the Apprentice, then please post your comments after each episode on Fridays!
On my last blog, I had 2 complete strangers read my blog and post comments, and I'd love to figure out how to delete them. I have since gone into the settings and changed it so that my blog is not listed in the directory. I'm sure that's how they found mine. I'm trying to think of a highlight of the day, but it was really a very boring day. Alyssa, I won't say anything political tonight, even though Rice was confirmed today, and I don't mean the side dish.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY
I stayed up entirely too late last night posting my first blog. I started fighting heavy-eye-lid-syndrome at 2pm, so I think the highlight of my day must have been when 5pm finally arrived and I got to go home.