With February sweeps just around the corner, reality TV is taking over the tube with a few old favorites and some fresh new series.
For something new, NBC’s The Apprentice dives into the business world.
With 16 candidates on a journey dubbed “the interview of a lifetime,” the winner of the competition — the true “apprentice” — will be granted a dream job with the Trump Organization and a dreamy $250,000 salary.
The candidates, including Ivy League MBA graduates, street entrepreneurs with no college education and everyone in between, endure rigorous tasks each week while living together in a hip Manhattan loft apartment.
In the first episode, the men faced off against the women to see who could sell more lemonade. The tasks get harder as competition mounts. Each episode ends with Mr. Trump firing the weakest player.
The Apprentice airs Thursday at 8 p.m.
FOX unveils a new series, based on lies and deceit, aptly titled, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé.
Putting a new spin on the wedding reality show, the show claims to be pulling the ultimate practical joke as a beautiful bride introduces a horrific “fiancé” to her family and friends. She must successfully convince her parents to accept her fiancé and their wedding plans.
The twist: the bride, a simple elementary school teacher who has to convince her family and friends to attend her wedding, doesn’t know her fiancé is just an actor.
My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé. airs Monday at 9 p.m.
American Idol is back in search for another singing sensation.
The series premiere got off to record high ratings with a four-day celebration of Idol hopefuls and hysterical audition disasters.
The show is back with the same three hosts: Simon, just as harsh; Paula, looking just as ravishing; and Randy, looking a whopping 100 pounds lighter.
American Idol airs Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Survivor is back with a cast of familiar faces as Panama becomes home to an All Star Edition.
Survivor: All Stars brings back survivors from each of the past seven seasons to compete for another $1 million reward. Four out the 18 cast members are previous winners, including Richard Hatch, while others include loudmouth Sue Hawk and the survivor siren, Jerri Manthey.
The winner will donate the cash prize to a charity of his or her choice. NBC airs Survivor: All Stars on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Finally, ABC’s The Bachelorette is back for season two with Meredith Phillips as the wife-to-be. Like Trista before her, Meredith is a former participant and romantic hopeful from Bob Guiney’s season of The Bachelor.
In a new twist, this season, Kelly Jo, the runner-up on Guiney’s season of The Bachelor, will move into the bachelor pad to give her perspective on the men as Meredith gets closer to making her final decision.
The Bachelorette airs Wednesday at 9 p.m.
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