‘The Apprentice’ was designed as an opportunity for Donald Trump to spread his business knowledge…on paper. In reality, it was all an attempt to spread his massive ego. I don’t know if it is because he’s delusional, but Donald Trump seriously believes that he is the moral guideline for the nation. And it is this side of Trump, this side of self-involved tomfoolery, that emerges within FOX’s in-development ‘Lady or a Tramp’.
Series, which will combine the competition and self-improvement aspects of reality television with the sizzle of the tabloids, is an adaptation of the British series “Ladette to Lady.” On that show, party girls are sent to the U.K. charm school Eggleston Hall, where they are taught “how to go from throwing a kegger to throwing a tea party,” Goldman quipped. Girls are required to wear tweed skirts and pearl necklaces, and taught the finer points of skills like flower arranging and needlework. Contestants then face challenges in those areas, with one girl expelled from the school at the end of each episode. “Tramp” will follow a similar format and also show ample footage of the girls partying.
Now, Variety notes Trump’s attempts at self-improvement, but I believe that this is once again a feeble attempt to extend his fame. Producers of the show are quick to admit that they’re cashing in on (I’d say exploiting) the tabloid rumours swirling around Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, and really that’s all that is occurring here. And it’s mildly alarming.
This sounds like just another pathetic attempt for Trump to extend his fame, and for FOX to air a reality series with an attempt to be edgy while remaining almost entirely pedestrian. However, the real concern is that if it makes FOX’s midseason schedule it might mean either bumping an existing show (A break for Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?) or taking up a new timeslot due to a canceled show.Either way, wherever they choose to put it, I hope they consider that while Sarah Connor Chronicles languishes on Sunday Nights this series might be given a better timeslot. And I hope they won’t be able to sleep at night because of it.
But, if you watch the description that Trump and Co. are looking for (“rude and crude party girls” and “younger women who are 18-30, love to party and full of attitude.), you should be excited: Donald Trump wants you to pull your life together and wear long skirts. And PEARLS. Be proud.