NEW YORK – Trump this, Donald!
Martha Stewart (search) has hand-picked the new cast of her version of "The Apprentice" (search) — and the candidates are a far cry from the brash wannabes we've seen on pervious versions of the hit show hosted by The Donald.
Martha's signature is all over the new version of "The Apprentice" — just look at the perfect grooming and shades of pastel shown off by the women who hope to emulate their new boss.
Stewart personally chose each one of the challengers, says the show's creator, Mark Burnett (search).
After all, she had a lot of time on her hands while serving out her sentence under house arrest.
"I would go there and sit in her house with her for hours," Burnett says of the grueling sessions he and Stewart spent previewing stacks of 3-minute videos of interviews conducted with the mini-Marthas.
She chose 10 women and six men to compete for the chance to work under her.
From the look of them, Stewart's bunch seems set to show a whole new set of talents when her version of "The Apprentice" debuts Sept. 21.
Viewers will get a chance to compare Martha's version of "The Apprentice" almost side-by-side with Trump's. Both shows will be airing in this fall — although on two different nights.
Martha's contestants as a whole are older and seemingly better mannered than the usual bunch of Trump wannabes — one of whom last season had a nasty chewing-tobacco habit.
Martha's group includes a magazine publisher, a TV anchorwoman, a couple of PR firm owners, several chefs and a Vietnamese-born prosecutor from L.A.
Eleven are in their 30s and one, the owner of a graphic-design firm in New York, is 42.