Watch Celebrity Apprentice
- 8 Seasons
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.