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NBC's Celebrity Apprentice presents a variety of celebrities from movies, TV, sports and even politics to compete for charity dollars and to be hired by business magnate Donald Trump. The series premiered in 2008 as a revised version of The Apprentice, which Trump also hosted. Instead of trying to win a job with the Trump Organization, the 14 to 18 celebrities want to raise the most money for a charity of their choice.
The show places the stars into two competing teams, which complete tasks such as selling ice cream on the New York City streets or creating an ad campaign for a product or organization. The teams have the feedback of Trump's advisors during the task, such as his children Ivanka and Donald Jr., or previous Apprentice contestants. The celebrities can earn money for their charities by winning weekly tasks as the leader, or project manager. The losing team has the unpleasant of task of selecting the underperformers on their team and then choosing two or three contestants to face Trump and his two advisors in the boardroom. Each episode ends with Trump saying, You're fired to the celebrity exiting the competition. The celebrity ranks shrink each week until two final contestants battle it out for the final task, with the help of some of their former teammates. Past winners of the show that include journalist Piers Morgan, comedian Joan Rivers, rock star Bret Michaels, country singer John Rich and talk show host Arsenio Hall.
The show has remained a highly rated program throughout its run. The audience gets a behind-the-scenes look at stars outside of their public personas with lots of bickering, flubs and strange behavior. Each season provides a new slate of familiar, if not quite as famous, public figures out of their element. Some of the wide variety of celebrities on past shows include one-time teen idol David Cassidy, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, NBA's Dennis Rodman, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci, reality TV star Sharon Osbourne, and pop singer Cindy Lauper. The long hours and large egos often lead to feuds and fights among the cast, which provides the most entertaining moments on the show.
The show continues to earn high ratings and remain on the pop culture radar. NBC has already renewed the series for a sixth installment, which will premiere in January 2013.
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During the live-finale, the finalists tend to the last details of their charity event, enlisting the help of special guests and returning All-Stars. In the end, Donald Trump will announce the first All-Star Apprentice.
Two contestants are fired before the finalists take on their biggest challenge yet - create a new flavor of Walgreens Delish brand premium ice cream, produce a promotional video, and raise money for a launch event featuring the new flavors.
The remaining All-Stars must design a Foxwoods Resort themed suite and host a party at the brand-new Barclays Center.
The six remaining All-Stars are challenged to write, produce and direct a demonstrational video to highlight LG's Smart Home and Home Entertainment systems.
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Apparently with nothing better to do with his time, Donald Trump takes to his Twitter to denounce celebrity couples like Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
Who will appear in the upcoming "All-Star" season of "Celebrity Apprentice?" Pretty much everyone who made a splash on the show before, like Gary Busey or Lil' Jon. Check out the full cast here.
Looks like The Donald set aside his differences with Rosie O'Donnell for long enough to wish her a speedy recovery after a pretty serious heart attack. I guess they don't hate each other that badly after all...
Many jokes have been through the years about the wisdom (er, lack thereof) in taking hypothetical financial advice from Willie Nelson. After hearing his remarks in a 2008 deposition from a civil case with talent agency UTA, the punchline should be amended to include "Besides, Wesley Snipes is WAY smarter."
Really, Arsenio? Rush Limbaugh taught you nothing, eh? Well, you know what they say about those who don't learn from history. Aubrey O'Day has shot back at her "Celebrity Apprentice" cast mate who called her a "slut" as cameras rolled. Not only does O'Day find the remark degrading, but she'd also remind Hall that it's not exactly accurate.
It may be that nothing will ever top the genius of Gary Busey on last season of "Celebrity Apprentice," but the show must go on. The cast for season 12 has been announced, and it features a couple of names that are confusing considering Trump's recent bid for the presidential nomination (or threats of it, at least).
Most people would be happy to be referred to as a millionaire, especially if their net worth is somewhere around $200 million. But Donald Trump was so offended when author Timothy O'Brien evaluated his net worth at around $150 million to $250 million that he sued O'Brien for libel.
Donald "Orangeface" Trump announced the winner of "Celebrity Apprentice" Sunday night during a two-hour live finale. John Rich was crowned king of all things fundraising and crazy business plans, the confetti flew, and the audience applauded. But audiences at home seemed unimpressed. Sunday's finale was the lowest-rated spring finale for the "Apprentice" franchise, dropping 15% from last year's finale.
Trump comes out and delivers us facts about this season, like that it had "the most entertaining competitors ever." Seems to me that's a subjective thing, but who am I to argue with a man that has his own red carpet unrollers? This begins the live telecast, a ridiculous affair in which Trump walks onto a sound stage made up like the boardroom to a standing ovation from a strange mix of celebrities, entrepreneurs, and I think I saw a beauty contestant too.
This just in: Donald Trump will not be running for president. The Donald made the announcement at NBC's upfront presentation today, a venue that makes some sense in that his candidacy would have made an impact on "Celebrity Apprentice." Had Trump decided to run, he would not have been able to host the TV show, or else his opponent (President Obama) would have been given equal prime time broadcast time.
Over the weekend NBC announced their fall TV lineup. Last week we detailed 7 of the new pilots they picked up and today we have 5 more to tell you about with trailers. The network also revealed more renewals and cancellations.
The challenge this week is to create packaging, a commercial, and a launch event for 7-Up Retro. One contestant will have a 1970's theme and will work with the Harlem Globetrotters, the other will do the 1980's with Def Leppard. Plus, six celebs are back: Richard Hatch, Mark McGrath, Star Jones, Meat Loaf, Lil' Jon, and Latoya Jackson.