ABOUT THE SHOW

The Apprentice is a reality television show that originated in the United States on N

BC. The show is hosted by Donald Trump and the final prize is a job with a starting contract of one year at a hefty six-figure salary

Premise
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Each season begins with a group of contestants with backgrounds in various enterprises, typically including real estate, restaurant management, political consulting, sales, and marketing. During the show, these contestants live in a communal house, allowing their relationships to build. They are placed into teams, and each week are assigned a task and required to select a project manager for the task. The winning team receives a reward, while the losing team faces a boardroom showdown in order to determine which team member should be fired (eliminated from the show).
Elimination proceeds in two stages. In the first stage, all of the losing team's members are confronted. The project manager is asked to select up to three (one, two, or three) of the team members who are believed to be most responsible for the loss. In the second stage, the rest of the team is dismissed, and the project manager and the selected members face a final confrontation in which at least one of the two-to-four is fired. However, if one or two candidates do especially badly on the task, then Donald will fire that candidate right on the spot, which has happened to only eleven people so far: Elizabeth in Season 2, Brian in Season 3, Toral in Season 4, and Brent, Lenny, Andrea, Charmaine, Tarek, Tammy, Roxanne, and Allie all in Season 5. If all candidates in the final boardroom confrontation did badly, all of them will be fired, which has happened twice in season 4, and once in season 5.



When the final candidates are left, an interview process begins, involving executives from various companies who interview each of the finalists and report their assessments of them to the host. After that, a firing takes place. In the event four are left, a double firing occurs. Seasons 4 and 5 were the only exceptions to this rule, when interviews were used to eliminate one from a final pool of three. The final two are then assigned different tasks, along with support teams comprised of previously fired candidates. After the tasks are done, a final boardroom occurs, with testimonials from the team members and a last chance for the final two candidates to prove themselves to the target CEO. Finally, the CEO hires one of the two candidates to become his/her new apprentice.
The opening theme music used on the show is "For The Love Of Money" by the O'Jays. The background music is written by David Vanacore, Mark T Williams and Jeff Lippencott.

American version

The winning contestant of the original American series of The Apprentice becomes the head of one of Donald Trump's companies.
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The winning contestant of the original American series of The Apprentice becomes the head of one of Donald Trump's companies.
The first season aired during the winter and the spring of 2004. The Apprentice is produced by Mark Burnett and real estate magnate Donald Trump, with Trump as the host. The premise of the show, which bills itself as the "ultimate job interview," is to conduct a job talent search for a person to head one of Trump's companies. The position starts with an "Introductory" 1-year contract with a starting yearly salary exceeding six figures ($250,000 USD to be exact, roughly about $4807.70 USD per week assuming a 52-week workyear). The show led Trump to become known for his fateful catch phrase, "You're fired!"
The contestants live communally in a suite at Trump Tower in Manhattan and the boardroom showdown is with Trump and two of his associates (usually Carolyn Kepcher, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for the Trump National Golf Club, and George H. Ross, Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel, The Trump Organization).
A spin-off, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart followed the same concept, with Martha Stewart as the host and eventual employer. It debuted in fall of 2005, following Stewart's release from prison and home detention. Due to poor ratings, the show was not renewed for a second season.

Seasons
Season one (January 8–April 15, 2004)
Season two (September 9–December 16, 2004)
Season three (January 20–May 19, 2005)
Season four (September 22–December 15, 2005)
Season five (February 27, 2006)
Season six (applications in progress)
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart (September 21–December 21, 2005)

Ratings
The finales for the first four seasons have attracted progressively smaller audiences:
Season one: 27.6 million
Season two: 16.9 million
Season three: 14 million
Season four: 11.8 million

Criticism
The chief criticism of the U.S. version of The Apprentice is that the challenges often amount to nothing more than commercials and product placements. This became more evident starting from the second season. The companies that have supplied challenges to the show include Planet Hollywood, Lamborghini, Domino's Pizza, Staples, Bally, Burger King, Yahoo!, Nestle, Visa, Sony, Home Depot, Microsoft and many others. These companies pay NBC to showcase their brands on the show, and usually the challenges revolve around the teams marketing existing or new products for the sponsors[1]. The second half of the show is usually set entirely in the boardroom, which typically degenerates into finger-pointing and name calling amongst the contestants.
There is also controversy regarding the jobs given to the hired Apprentices. Instead of becoming the CEO of one of Trump's companies, the winners of the show are hired as PR spokesmen for Trump and his brand. For example, Kelly Perdew, winner of the second season has been reported as working at a desk "in a small, windowless space next to the assistant to Donald Trump's wife. It was reported that Kelly's mainly involved in Sales and Marketing rather than the so called President/CEO role."