Before it devolved into campy catfights with C-level celebrities, The Apprentice was a show all about talented go-getters showing off their business acumen. Now, Apprentice creator Mark Burnett is teaming up with executive producers Michael Davies (The Glee Project) and James Sunderland (America’s Got Talent) for a potential unscripted series that looks to tap into the same dream employment vibe. Vulture hears that CBS has ordered a pilot for what’s tentatively being called The Job, with Lisa Ling set to host. The idea behind the show: Five qualified folks, chosen from an applicant pool of thousands, compete for a chance to win a gig at a well-known company. Each week will feature a different batch of contestants and, we assume, a new company (shades of Undercover Boss, sans the undercover part). Davies is producing via his Sony-based Embassy Row production company. And for all you title geeks out there: No, we don’t believe there’ll be any connection to Denis Leary’s short-lived ABC comedy The Job. Though that would be kinda cool.
Executive Producer Mark Burnett speaks onstage during the “The Voice” panel during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2012 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 6, 2012 in Pasadena, California.