”Survivor” evil genius Mark Burnett’s next reality competition won’t take place in the wild, but in the corporate jungle. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he and Donald Trump have signed a deal with NBC for a 13-episode series called ”The Apprentice,” in which 20 would-be executives will come to work for the New York real estate mogul and face various business-related challenges. The Donald will chew out and fire one competitor each week and choose a winner from the remaining finalists, who will get a year-long contract working for Trump and a six-figure salary. ”Mentoring up-and-coming executives has been something I’ve always enjoyed, and this is a way to discover a new generation of business leaders in a fun, entertaining, and cutthroat way — not unlike the real business world,” Trump said in a statment.
Another mogul, Marvel Comics guru Stan Lee, is also hosting a reality series. According to the Reporter, the man behind Spider-Man and the Hulk has teamed with reality-show creator Bruce Nash (”Meet My Folks”) for a six-episode contest called, ”Who Wants to Be a Superhero?” The premise: Comic book geeks who have ideas for new superheroes will present them to Lee, but they have to act out their characters’ feats of super-powered heroism in costume, performing for a panel of expert judges consisting of actors known for having played superheroes themselves. (Lou Ferrigno and William Katt, call your agents.) Lee will develop the winner’s idea into a comic book or other project. The show will air on the WB, home to a more established superhero, the young Clark Kent of ”Smallville.”