It's a new Apprentice type show featured on CBS. The show premiered Thursday, June 9, 2005.
I liked it.
Although make no mistake the show is a total rip-off of The Apprentice. If such blatant plagiarism offends then this show will offend.
I would also suggest, softly, that this version of The Apprentice will not appeal to as broad an audience as its predecessor.
How many guys are going to watch a show about decorators? I'm guessing not near as many as those who tuned into The Apprentice. A show that did appeal to the business-minded as opposed to those who design clothing.
That being said, this Grandmother Blogger enjoyed the show and looks forward to the series and the many designer challenges.
The show begins with sixteen contenders. One, an "Amy" was eliminated last night. Like The Apprentice there are two teams: The Broadway Team and The 50th Street team.
This first night's challenge was to design a billboard for Tommy Hilfiger, The Donald of this reality show. Tommy too has a grand sanctum into which the teams are assembled. Within this room is something called "The Pit". Contestants under scrutiny are summoned into the Pit. Eventually the losing contender stands alone in the Pit before being sent on his/her way.
Kind of like a Christian in the coliseum as the lions roar hungrily in the background.
Speaking of lions. The Broadway team's billboard featured a billboard with Hilfiger's new logo, a squarish lion shape much like those that guard Chinese palaces. The team didn't paint the lion onto the billboard, but rather painted around the lion with colorful paint in such a manner that the outline of the lion could be discerned. The team also decided, for whatever insane reason, not to use the entire billboard for their display. Instead they left a large portion of the billboard empty all around. Even more bizarre, they put the designer's name up in some sort of Chinese script that was not visible from very far away.