Trump l'oeil

25 May 2009

Well, then. Donald Trump is now trying to convince viewers in the UK that what they are seeing when they watch the American version of The Apprentice is reality. The American version of The Apprentice aired on BBC [edit: until 2006] and the cross pollination now goes the other way: Americans can watch the UK version on BBC America. This is nothing unusual. The Apprentice has aired in Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, and Finland among other locations.

Between the American and UK versions there seem to be more differences than just accents and coiffures of the hosts. One Canadian blog insists that the British version is superior due to the fact that they still cast unknowns, unlike the American version, and the fact that it is new enough in the UK that the contestants haven't figured out how to exploit the rules of the game as much as the Americans have.

The thing about the American version is that most Americans realize that watching their version of The Apprentice will not impart one iota of usable knowledge on how to run a business and that the show is about as "real" as Donald Trump's hair.

Do you watch either or both the UK and the US versions of The Apprentice? What's your take on them?

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7 comments

  • Antgrad
    When is the US version on the BBC? The first couple of series were on about 5 or 6 years ago but I've seen nothing since.
  • SJT
    yeah, where/when is it on?
  • James R.
    Donald Trump is just so funny with that doll's hair of his - if he was my boss, I'd laugh my ass off all day ....what a twat he is
  • nick
    The Apprentice USA is pretty much just hilarious product placement, week in, week out. I've stopped watching it, as each of the tasks now seem to be just "advertise this product" (spelt out in big detail!)
  • Annie f.
    Trump screwed over Annie Duke in his latest celebrity apprentice in the US. Chose his friend Joan Rivers who's charity has Trumps sister in law on the board. So what a surprise he overlooked the best candidate over the whole series to give $250,000 to the charity which his sister in law is on the board. Trump is the worst part of the celebrity apprentice! Other than that the series has been enjoyable the past 2 years. The best thing about the UK apprentice is Sir Alan Sugar and the worst thing about the US is Trump Senior. The Trump kids are much more down to earth than daddy, might be time for him to retire!
  • Nobby
    > The thing about the American version is that most Americans realize that watching their version of The Apprentice will not impart one iota of usable knowledge on how to run a business Same as the UK one then. It is a reality show, not a business school.
  • CreateBeats
    Nice post but having a problem with the left edge. It's overlapping so I just went ahead and subscribed to the rss instead.

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