In addition to visiting many locations where their favorite fictional characters lived, worked, and played, tour-goers on the NYC TV & Movie Tour will also have the opportunity to see some locations used in reality TV shows. One such reality show is President Donald Trump’s The Apprentice currently hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Apprentice, created by Mark Burnett (the producer of Survivor), is a reality competition show that was hosted by real estate mogul, celebrity and now President Donald Trump. The show has enjoyed eight seasons since it first premiered in January 2004. Each season on the show, sixteen to eighteen business professionals compete for the opportunity to run one of Donald Trump’s companies, at a starting salary of $250,000 a year. The Apprentice is billed as “The Ultimate Job Interview.”
Each week on the show, two teams compete in various business-oriented challenges based at various New York City locations. The losing team is sent to the “boardroom,” where one member of the team is eliminated. This infamous boardroom is located inside Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue and 56th Street, right next door to another famous New York site, Tiffany & Co (as seen in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sweet Home Alabama, and more!). This is also the building where Donald Trump personally lives (he has the top four floors of this building), and it’s the building where the contestants live in their communal apartment during filming. At the end of each episode, the eliminated contestant is shown leaving Trump Tower with his or her suitcase and going home.
Trump Tower is a location on the NYC TV & Movie Tour, and tour-goers will learn a little behind-the-scenes info about when the Apprentice contestants get in their taxis and drive away after being “fired” by Mr. Trump himself.
A spin-off of The Apprentice, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, debuted in September 2005, after Stewart’s release from prison. However, this version of the show only lasted one season.
Following the success of the American Apprentice, several other versions of the show started airing in other countries. The Irish edition stars Irish businessman and philanthropist Bill Cullen and the British version stars British businessman Sir Alan Sugar. The UK Apprentice even has its own spin-off now, entitled The Apprentice: You’re Fired! Hosted by Adrian Chiles, The Apprentice: You’re Fired! is a 30-minute long show that airs right after The Apprentice and provides a follow-up interview with that week’s fired Apprentice contestant.