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'Apprentice' hired to fill in for NBC's 'Love Bites'

A revised edition of "The Apprentice" is premiering as part of NBC's fall lineup, buying time for a previously scheduled fall entry, "Love Bites," produced by "Sex and the City's" Cindy Chupack.

On this "Apprentice," 16 non-celeb contestants who have lost their jobs because of the economic crisis will compete for a job with the Trump Organization.

Shocking news? Not necessarily. Schedules are not set in stone, but in sand, and if production problems arise, then shows are shoved aside. The Donald's new version of "Apprentice," which vows to "put America back to work," one contestant at a time, is a known commodity and previously had a successful run on Thursdays.

All this because "Love Bites" needs some more time. The New York Times reported last week that Becki Newton - who was supposed to play a virgin on the show - just got pregnant. (Happy news but bad for television.)

Moreover, Chupack is also stepping aside.


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