The Apprentice is hiring again — NBC in going for a double dose of The Donald, with plans to bring back the original, non-celebrity Apprentice this fall.
The original version of The Apprentice premiered in January 2004 before being yanked by NBC in 2007. After much squawking from series star Donald Trump, the network later revived the show in the form of The Celebrity Apprentice.
Now the megabucks entrepreneur has teamed with Survivor producer Mark Burnett for a new installment of the one-time reality hit.
“I am very excited to return to the original premise of The Apprentice,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday. “We’ve got to do something about the economy, and this is a terrific way to provide jobs as well as business lessons along the way. NBC, Mark Burnett and I hope this economic downturn can begin a turnaround, and we’ll do our best with The Apprentice to see that it starts happening.”
The upcoming season of The Apprentice will feature 14 contestants, with experience levels ranging from recent college graduates to unemployed professionals.
Dates and locations for open casting calls will be announced at a later date or applicants can email [email protected] explaining why they deserve a chance to appear on the show.