Picks and Pans Review: Now Who's Boss?

updated 03/15/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/15/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

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As you watch The Apprentice, do you wish someone would kick Donald Trump downstairs—figuratively, of course—and draft him into the working class?

This fairly fresh reality series (premiering March 8) doesn't provide quite that visceral a thrill, but it does make corporate big shots sweat a little. Each week a different top exec tries his hand at low-level positions in his company. Jonathan Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels, lugs bags and cleans rooms. California Pizza Kitchen cofounders Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield flip pies and wait tables. The bosses aren't incognito, so their job training seems gentler than average. Still, it's fun to see them humbled, however briefly.

The show's treatment of the businesses is too promotional, and the second episode goes to ridiculous lengths to hype Estée Lauder honcho Dan Brestle's fear of applying makeup to any woman's face. Even so, watching this isn't hard work.

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