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Rod Blagojevich to Join 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? Who Will Reality TV Claim Next?

by Andrew Scott, posted Oct 12th 2009 2:00PM
Rod Blagojevich'The Celebrity Apprentice' has hired Rod Blagojevich, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

According to a source close to Blagojevich's team, the former Illinois governor -- who has been accused of trying to sell or trade Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat -- will make an appearance on the show's upcoming ninth season (premiering this spring), although no word yet on whether he will actually compete.

"NBC doesn't comment on casting until there's an official announcement to be made," an NBC spokesperson said.Rod Blagojevich'The Celebrity Apprentice' has hired Rod Blagojevich, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

According to a source close to Blagojevich's team, the former Illinois governor -- who has been accused of trying to sell or trade Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat -- will make an appearance on the show's upcoming ninth season (premiering this spring), although no word yet on whether he will actually compete.

"NBC doesn't comment on casting until there's an official announcement to be made," an NBC spokesperson said.

If true, this would continue a series of bizarre reality TV casting announcements made in 2009, beginning with Blagojevich's bid to join 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here' back in April (he was later replaced by wife Patti when a federal judge blocked the decision). This was followed by former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's joining 'Dancing With the Stars' and the announcement of a new BET reality series featuring NFL player Michael Vick.

With so many infamous stars flocking to reality television, we got to thinking: who could possibly be next? We came up with a list of five potential candidates, and here's what their shows might look like:

Mackenzie PhillipsMackenzie Phillips
Claim to Fame: Actress ('American Graffiti; 'One Day At a Time'); daughter of musician John Phililps (Mamas and the Papas), with whom she claims she had a 10-year affair
What Would the Show Be? 'Mackenzie Phillips: One Day At a Time'
The Pitch: Laundry hour, grocery shopping and other day-to-day activities trigger more family stories we really didn't need to hear about.

Levi JohnstonLevi Johnston
Claim to Fame: Ex-boyfriend of Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol (and father of Palin's granddaughter)
Show He Could Go On: 'Date My Ex'
The Pitch: In the ultimate sign of solidarity, Levi tries to set Bristol up with 15 eligible bachelors.

Joe HaldermanJoe Halderman
Claim to Fame: CBS producer accused of attempting to extort David Letterman
What Would the Show Be? 'The Celebrity Assistant'
The Pitch: Halderman hosts this undercover competition series, in which 20 beautiful young women lie to, blackmail and extort each other to become David Letterman's next assistant. At stake: a $2 million grand prize.

Alex RodriguezAlex Rodriguez
Claim to Fame: New York Yankees third baseman
What Would the Show Be? 'Major League Player'
The Pitch: Cameras follow A-Rod on and off the field as he tries to round third base with New York's biggest female celebrities.

Eliot SpitzerEliot Spitzer
Claim to Fame: Former governor of New York
Show He Could Go On: 'The Amazing Race'
The Pitch: Eliot and wife Silda travel the globe and compete in various challenges -- all in an attempt to save their roadblocked marriage.

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