'The Apprentice': Donald Trump's very own stimulus package

The original-recipe "Apprentice" returns to NBC in the fall, but instead of featuring corporate sharks stabbing each other in the back, the show wants to have a somewhat more uplifting tone.


Donald Trump and creator Mark Burnett have pulled their contestants from people who have lost their jobs in the recession and are framing the series as a way for the winner to climb back up the ladder. The tagline in the promo above -- which gives us our fist glimpse at some of the contestants -- is "There is nothing more American than a second chance."


The show has also tweaked a few of its elements to reflect the tougher economic times. Rather than handing out lavish rewards to winning teams, Trump will now give victorious project managers face time with business leaders, with an eye toward giving candidates a leg up. The winner still gets a job with one of Trump's companies at a six-figure salary.


"The Apprentice" will air at 10 p.m. ET Thursdays in the fall.


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