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Geekonomics, Freakonomics and Trumponomics

The real reason to watch <em>The Apprentice: Los Angeles</em> is to marvel at Donald Trump's trippy, flippy hair.
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The real reason to watch The Apprentice: Los Angeles is to marvel at Donald Trump's trippy, flippy hair.

Get your couch ready for Sunday's reality show trifecta. At 8 p.m., NBC launches Grease: You're the One That I Want, in which America gets to cast the leads of an upcoming revival of the Broadway musical. Hey, let's all vote for the WORST ONES!!!! But don't tell anyone you got that idea from us.

The Apprentice: Los Angeles launches its new season at 9:30 p.m. The losers have to live in tents. What could be better than watching wannabe Trumps coping with flighty tent flaps? Well, maybe watching Trump and Rosie O'Donnell in a potato sack race, but that ain't gonna happen anytime soon. And you can figure that his daughter, Ivanka, will not put up any guff in her role as dad's eyes and ears.

If neither of these TV options appeal, tune in for the 8 p.m. re-airing of Wednesday's season premiere of Beauty & the Geek, in which Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-seller Freakonomics, gamely allows himself to be interviewed by the seemingly dim beauties (former Hooters waitress, Playboy model, bikini model...) while the geeks (the fat guy who owns 25,000 comic books, the Harvard grad, the Star Trek fanatic...) have to do stand-up comedy. No need to set your phasers on stun, since you will already be stunned by one beauty's inability to state when the next presidential election takes place or what NYSE stands for (no, it's not "national system.")

Marc Silver, an editor at, took the "How Geeky Are You?" test. He is not a geek. Andy Guess, an NPR podcast poobah, had never watched The Apprentice until he previewed the new season. He found it "not bad and strangely addictive."

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Marc Silver and Andy Guess