Few would argue at this point that Mark Burnett is the king of television. Survivor, The Restaurant and now The Apprentice have transcended the format of so-called “reality TV”, and given my circle of friends a much more stimulating topic of conversation than the usual “go Leafs, go”.
All that changed for this self-appointed television critic during Thursday night’s live portion of The Apprentice finale. All the brilliantly-constructed drama of the series was peeled away with the fake walls of Trump’s boardroom, replaced with bad SNL music and some of the worst cue card reading I’ve ever seen.
Most insulting of all was the doling out of winner Bill Rancic’s “prize”. A couple of years from now when you find yourself in Chicago, how safe are you going to feel staying in an upper floor of a hotel built by some guy who won a TV game show?