Net to trump Russia again

Skein's Potanin will hand winner a $110,000 paycheck

Russian viewers will again hear the classic TV closing line “Vy uvoleniy!” (You’re fired!) after Moscow web TNT announced that it’s prepping a second season of format “The Apprentice,” monikered “The Candidate” here.

Stakes have gone up on last year’s pilot, which had candidates vying for a job from Moscow restaurateur Arkady Novikov for an annual salary of 1.5 million rubles ($55,000).

This year’s Donald Trump-style boss will be oligarch Vladimir Potanin, who will hand the winner a $110,000 paycheck.

Potanin’s businesses include TV, film production and exhibition in a portfolio that stretch from metals to banking — so there’s plenty of choice for a future career.

And given that his investments remain in favor with the Kremlin, job security should not be politically risky.

Series will start shooting shortly and air weekly for 14 weeks beginning in late summer.

Last year, Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev presented “Chance,” which gave five teams start-up capital of $100,000 for business projects, with the winner either selling his enterprise back to a fund run by Lebedev for $500,000 or keeping it and continuing in business.

More TV

  • Mar Coll Talks Patriarchy, the New

    Movistar +’s First Woman Director, Mar Coll, Talks Patriarchy, the New Spain

    Russian viewers will again hear the classic TV closing line “Vy uvoleniy!” (You’re fired!) after Moscow web TNT announced that it’s prepping a second season of format “The Apprentice,” monikered “The Candidate” here. Stakes have gone up on last year’s pilot, which had candidates vying for a job from Moscow restaurateur Arkady Novikov for an […]

  • 'Homicide: Life on the Street' Cast

    'Homicide: Life on the Street' Cast Reunites at Paley Center

    Russian viewers will again hear the classic TV closing line “Vy uvoleniy!” (You’re fired!) after Moscow web TNT announced that it’s prepping a second season of format “The Apprentice,” monikered “The Candidate” here. Stakes have gone up on last year’s pilot, which had candidates vying for a job from Moscow restaurateur Arkady Novikov for an […]

  • Jason Bateman Jeffrey Tambor Arrested Development

    Emmy Season Faces #MeToo for the First Time

    Russian viewers will again hear the classic TV closing line “Vy uvoleniy!” (You’re fired!) after Moscow web TNT announced that it’s prepping a second season of format “The Apprentice,” monikered “The Candidate” here. Stakes have gone up on last year’s pilot, which had candidates vying for a job from Moscow restaurateur Arkady Novikov for an […]

  • David Cross Arrested Development

    David Cross Addresses 'Arrested Development' Cast Interview: 'I Will Apologize to Jessica'

    Russian viewers will again hear the classic TV closing line “Vy uvoleniy!” (You’re fired!) after Moscow web TNT announced that it’s prepping a second season of format “The Apprentice,” monikered “The Candidate” here. Stakes have gone up on last year’s pilot, which had candidates vying for a job from Moscow restaurateur Arkady Novikov for an […]

  • Queer Eye Netflix

    TV News Roundup: 'Queer Eye' Season 2 Sets Netflix Premiere Date

    Russian viewers will again hear the classic TV closing line “Vy uvoleniy!” (You’re fired!) after Moscow web TNT announced that it’s prepping a second season of format “The Apprentice,” monikered “The Candidate” here. Stakes have gone up on last year’s pilot, which had candidates vying for a job from Moscow restaurateur Arkady Novikov for an […]

  • Hair

    'Hair' Set as NBC's Next Live Musical

    Russian viewers will again hear the classic TV closing line “Vy uvoleniy!” (You’re fired!) after Moscow web TNT announced that it’s prepping a second season of format “The Apprentice,” monikered “The Candidate” here. Stakes have gone up on last year’s pilot, which had candidates vying for a job from Moscow restaurateur Arkady Novikov for an […]

  • Mark Hamill; DreamWorks Animation; Netflix; Trollhunters;

    Mark Hamill on Working With Guillermo del Toro on Animated Series 'Trollhunters'

    Russian viewers will again hear the classic TV closing line “Vy uvoleniy!” (You’re fired!) after Moscow web TNT announced that it’s prepping a second season of format “The Apprentice,” monikered “The Candidate” here. Stakes have gone up on last year’s pilot, which had candidates vying for a job from Moscow restaurateur Arkady Novikov for an […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content