Donald Trump, Stan Lee are reality TV's newest stars. The real estate mogul will fire peons one by one on ''The Apprentice,'' while the Marvel Comics guru will audition contestants in ''Who Wants to Be a Superhero?''

By Gary Susman
Updated April 01, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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”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.”

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