Looks like there could be a final boardroom or two left in The Apprentice after all.
The Mark Burnett produced reality series, which introduced the annoying "you're fired" catchphrase to the popular lexicon (along with constant scrutiny to see if Donald Trump's hair actually was attached to his head), dropped off NBC's schedule when the network made its upfront presentations back in May.
However, The Hollywood Reporter indicates that rumors of talks going on between NBC, Mark Burnett, and Trump have become a reality as the various parties involved with The Apprentice have come together to see if the reality competition series can continue at the Peacock.
The reason behind the change in network policy? Newly installed network president Ben Silverman, who allegedly asked Trump and Burnett to extend NBC's option to renew the series. Trump, for his part, issued a statement in May that expressed his desire to move onto a new series. That said, he has also indicated that other networks would be interested in The Apprentice should NBC decide not to renew.
It's not expected that NBC will make a formal decision until its presentation next week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Stay tuned.
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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.