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.