I read somewhere, a couple of days ago, that the BBC are going to be changing the format of The Apprentice. Could it go the same way as the USA version?

I watched a couple of episodes of The Apprentice USA last night on BBC 1 and was quite surprised at how different AND reality gameshowy (its a word!!!) it was.

Firstly there's the intro, which is this:



Yes, those are the contestants of The Apprentice USA and not some American Drama T.V show.

Secondly, there is what happens to the losing team each week.  When a team loses they get punished by having to live in the Garden of the mansion that the Winning team stay in.  They sleep out there, eat out there and go toilet out there.  There is also a fence (ala BB 3's divide) separating the groups, so they can only talk each other. They have to stay in the garden until they win a task.

Finally, the project manager of the Winning Team sits in on the board meeting and helps Donald Trump fire one of the candidates.

To me that just seems RE-DONK-U-LOUS (its a word!!). Would you like our Apprentice to go down that route?
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No I would not. I've not long finished Alan Sugar's book and I'm sure there was something in there about the BBC wanting to copy the US format before and he was dead against it.

The US format suits the US, the reason why I like the Brit one is because its more straight down the line, no messing about.
Rawky I actually used to like the USA Apprentice more than the British one but they have revamped theirs. It never used to be a Big Brother style format where there was "rich and poor" sides - it's put me off the USA one now (the one being broadcast here at the moment is the 2007 series)


I hope ours doesn't go the same way.
I watched the US version last night and I considerably prefer our version.  The US version seemed altogether more vacuous and more like a reality show.  I watched the fawning over untalented buffoon, Snoop Dog with some surprise at the homogenised celebrity worship of a mediocre rap star.  I couldn't imagine our lot fawning all over Coldplay. I hope they stick to the British format.
Miss S
Rawky I actually used to like the USA Apprentice more than the British one but they have revamped theirs. It never used to be a Big Brother style format where there was "rich and poor" sides - it's put me off the USA one now (the one being broadcast here at the moment is the 2007 series)



I agree, I've not seen the US version for some time, but I think I too preferred the US version originally.  As it's been a while since I've seen the US version, I thought that either I'd become acclimatised to our version or they'd changed the format for the worse.
Originally Posted by Carnelian:
they'd changed the format for the worse.
Changed theirs for the worse I think - I agree with Mr Pie that the contestants look more like models/actors than "real" people. Makes me a bit skeptical about the whole thing now.
Still love Trump though
Saturday, February 19 2011, 16:16 GMT
 Lord Alan Sugar from The Apprentice

© BBC

Lord Sugar has confirmed that The Apprentice is scheduled to return to BBC One in May.

The millionaire businessman, who has been involved in the reality franchise since 2004, also revealed that spinoff programme Junior Apprentice will air its second series in the autumn.

Sugar further announced that the eventual winner will join him in a new enterprise, the ownership of which will be split exactly down the middle.

He tweeted earlier today: "next series of apprentice in May will end with winner starting a new business with me on a 50/50 basis where I inject £250k. (sic)"

You're Fired host Dara O'Briain recently hinted at the change, stating that the 2011 show will feature "more established business people
Originally Posted by erinp:
Saturday, February 19 2011, 16:16 GMT
 Lord Alan Sugar from The Apprentice

© BBC

Lord Sugar has confirmed that The Apprentice is scheduled to return to BBC One in May.

The millionaire businessman, who has been involved in the reality franchise since 2004, also revealed that spinoff programme Junior Apprentice will air its second series in the autumn.

Sugar further announced that the eventual winner will join him in a new enterprise, the ownership of which will be split exactly down the middle.

He tweeted earlier today: "next series of apprentice in May will end with winner starting a new business with me on a 50/50 basis where I inject £250k. (sic)"

You're Fired host Dara O'Briain recently hinted at the change, stating that the 2011 show will feature "more established business people

Considering their very thorough selection process, I've that most of the contestants have already been 'established' in their field? Although the business acumen of some have raised my eyebrows on a few occasions
Originally Posted by Karma_:
Originally Posted by erinp:
Saturday, February 19 2011, 16:16 GMT
 Lord Alan Sugar from The Apprentice

© BBC

Lord Sugar has confirmed that The Apprentice is scheduled to return to BBC One in May.

The millionaire businessman, who has been involved in the reality franchise since 2004, also revealed that spinoff programme Junior Apprentice will air its second series in the autumn.

Sugar further announced that the eventual winner will join him in a new enterprise, the ownership of which will be split exactly down the middle.

He tweeted earlier today: "next series of apprentice in May will end with winner starting a new business with me on a 50/50 basis where I inject £250k. (sic)"

You're Fired host Dara O'Briain recently hinted at the change, stating that the 2011 show will feature "more established business people

Considering their very thorough selection process, I'd have that most of the contestants have already been 'established' in their field? Although the business acumen of some have raised my eyebrows on a few occasions

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