New Apprentice casting the down and out

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Quit your arduous job search, stop the interviews and pull down that LinkedIn profile, brokesters, because your get-rich scheme has finally arrived. A tipster passed along this casting call:

NBC is casting for its new edition of The Apprentice and is looking for business professionals who have been affected by the economic downturn and are ready to go to work again. People of all ages are welcome to apply from recent college grads to executives who are 40+.

There will be national open casting calls and more information can be found at Candidates can also apply by sending an email to and include a recent photo, updated resume and a brief personal and professional bio explaining how the economy has affected your employment, lifestyle and family. The show’s producers are looking for real stories from business pros who are eager to turn their lives around.

It’s unclear as of press time if this is to be filmed in NY or elsewhere, but their criteria is broad enough to encompass, oh, everyone we know. NBC apparently wants to give viewers an alternative to Donald making famous people more famous (The celebrity version is apparently sticking around too), and make the show distinctly Horatio Alger again. Trump says in an appropriately overblown statement:

“I hope this economic downturn can begin a turnaround, and we’ll do our best with ‘The Apprentice’ to see that it starts happening. I’m proud to be putting people back to work, and to positively changing the psychology of America.”

Does this mean we won’t be rooming with Sinbad and Rowdy Roddy? That would be true success.