YOU’RE FIRED!

YOU’RE FIRED!

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There’s been a flurry of television shows shooting at Universal Studios Hollywood to the delight of visitors at the tour center.  And “The Donald” himself has been seen recently hanging out with the “Universal monsters” at the theme park.

Donald Trump brought the two teams featured on the latest installment of The Apprentice to Universal to film a tourist-grabbing competition that will narrow down the field of hopefuls.  The episode, airing March 25th on NBC, will have the budding entrepreneurs taking on the “task” of developing and implementing an Annual Pass Campaign for Universal Studios Hollywood.

For two days, the teams had contact with theme park guests, who were then surveyed by a Universal research team to gauge each team’s communication skills and their strategies.  So, if you were at the tour center during the competition, you may be responsible for one of the job-seekers hearing Trump growl, “You’re fired.”

To have The Apprentice shoot at Universal, with the teams “working at the largest movie studio and theme park in the world” (according to Trump) was a natural for the NBC-Universal show which is set in Los Angeles this season.  Talking about his real estate endeavors, Trump said he has a “big job going up in Los Angeles, that’s doing very well,” and that was one of the reasons to move the competition to LA.

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At the recent TV press tour, he noted that a lot of folks at NBC liked the idea of taking the urban-jungle show out of New York and “roving.”

“If you look at Survivor, every year it’s a different jungle.  I could see The Apprentice going back to New York every other year, and maybe going someplace else.  There’s talk about Miami, Las Vegas, Chicago, and, certainly, it fits very well in New York.”

Trump recently had another one of his pet projects shooting at Universal, as well.  The hot beauty queens competing for Miss USA 2007 did a swimsuit photo shoot and promos at the theme park.  Participating was Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006, who, after mending her wild party-girl ways, avoided hearing the words “You’re fired” from Trump, who is the Miss Universe/Miss USA Organization owner.  The 56th Annual Miss USA Pageant will air live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Friday, March 23rd on synergy-minded NBC.
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Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines.
Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network.
For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications.
Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.

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