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NBC launches 'The Apprentice 5' nationwide casting call tour


By Reality TV World staff, 06/24/2005 

Donald Trump and Martha Stewart's new twin The Apprentice editions won't premiere until this fall, however NBC announced yesterday that it will launch a new nationwide casting tour for the fifth edition of the Donald Trump version of the series beginning this weekend.

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Starting Saturday, June 25 in Los Angeles, The Apprentice casting directors will embark on a seventeen city casting tour that will include Trump's attendance at the tour's July 8 Trump Tower stop in New York City.

"If you've ever wanted to compete on The Apprentice, this is your opportunity," stated Trump in the announcement. "I'd like to encourage all age groups to apply including veteran business men and women along with hungry young entrepreneurs," he also added -- a comment that might add some credence to rumors that the business mogul was dissatisfied with quality of the reality franchise's most recent pool of candidates.

According to NBC, prospective candidates "should be able to take risks, bounce back after failing, succeed in a cutthroat environment, go against the tide, remain focused, think creatively, and be a leader."

All applicants must be at least 21 years of age and in excellent mental and physical health. Additionally, as is standard for reality shows due to FCC "equal time" broadcast regulations, applicants can not presently be a candidate for public office and must agree not to become one until six months after the initial broadcast of any episodes in which they might appear.

The Apprentice 5 finalist interviews are scheduled to be conducted in Los Angeles sometime during August or September 2005, with filming scheduled to occur during an up to eight week period in Fall 2006. The Apprentice 5 is expected to air in early 2006.

The seventeen stops on The Apprentice 5's nationwide casting tour are:

Orange County/ Los Angeles, CA Saturday, June 25th 5 Points Plaza, 18591 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

New York, NY Friday, July 8th Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Ave @ 56th St., New York, NY 10022 **Official kickoff with Donald Trump

Salt Lake City, UT Saturday, July 9th KSL-TV, 55 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84110

Boston, MA Saturday, July 9th Jordan's Furniture, 1 Underprice Way (Route 9) Natick, MA 01760

Minneapolis, MN Saturday, July 9th Arrow Pontiac GMC, 1111 Highway 110, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

Miami, FL Friday, July 15th Location TBA

Des Moines, IA Saturday, July 16th Merle Hay Mall at the Lower Bridge Court, 3850 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310

San Francisco, CA Saturday, July 16th NBC 11 Downtown Studio, 848 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Baltimore, MD Saturday, July 16th M&T Bank Pavilion at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Portland, OR Saturday, July 23rd Bridgeport Village, Off I-5 at Exit #290, 17001 SW 72nd Ave, Tigard, OR 97224

Chicago, IL Saturday, July 23rd NBC5- NBC Tower, 454 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60611

Nashville, TN Saturday, July 23rd Curb Event Center at Belmont University, Beaman Rooms A & B, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212

Pittsburgh, PA Saturday, July 23rd Duquesne University, Student Union, 600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15282

San Diego, CA Saturday, July 30th Horton Square, (adjacent to NBC 7 / 39 Studios) 225 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Anchorage, AK Saturday, July 30th KTUU, 701 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503

Charlotte, NC Saturday, July 30th Birkdale Village, 8712 Townley Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

Austin, TX Saturday, July 30th Location TBA


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