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Friday, December 17, 2004
  Apprentice Season II
Kelly Purdue has won the Apprentice. I can't say that I'm disappointed, because Kelly was pretty competent throughout the season. However, at the same time, I'm not thrilled either.

Last season when I watched, I was a solid Bill Rancic fan. He had a certain charisma and idealism that I found fulfilling and admirable. This season there was no comparable candidate. In fact, I found myself hating several members of the cast and actively welcoming their impending doom. While this is satisfying to some degree, it isn't a sign of success for a television series.

I've noticed this with several "reality" shows, where the first season or two there are people I've been quite partial too, and then later on nothing. When a show degenerates into complete negativity, where I spend more time wishing for someone's downfall than someone's success, that's a sign that the show has reached its nadir and is about to expire.

I'm not giving up on Trump though - I'll check out next season (starting in Jan. 2005), and at least give it a chance (the same with American Idol, though it has far less room to bargain with me). On a more positive note, I'd like to recommend The Amazing Race - I find it to be an interesting show, and there are some couples whom I can actually somewhat admire (my favorite team is Chris and John).
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 5:50 AM


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