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NBC Downplays Trump Salary Reports, Sydney Penny Joins 'Days of Our Lives' & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2011 3:00PM
Donald TrumpReports of Donald Trump getting millions of dollars from NBC for two more years of 'Celebrity Apprentice' are "inaccurate," according to NBC.

The New York Post reported Trump got a raise from NBC, bringing his and producer Mark Burnett's earnings to a staggering $160 million. Trump would reportedly pocket $65 million a year.

However, NBC is firing back at the report.

"The financial information reported today in regards to 'The Celebrity Apprentice' is grossly inaccurate and has been significantly overstated," the network said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. "While it is our policy to keep financial information strictly confidential, neither the production costs of the show nor what Mr. Trump makes personally is in the realm of reality. Donald Trump and 'The Apprentice' franchise remain a key part of the NBC primetime lineup and we are looking forward to another compelling cycle next season."

In other TV news ...

'The Killing' finale has been divisive, that's for sure, but showrunner Veena Sud isn't worried about blacklash. "The fact that people love us or hate us is a beautiful thing. I don't want to be kinda liked. The fact that someone loves my show or hates my show is great," she said in an interview. Check out Maureen Ryan's take on the season finale here. [THR]

Sydney Penny has joined the cast of 'Days of Our Lives.' The daytime veteran will play Dr. Norman at the rehab facility treating Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell). [TV Guide]

Lindsay Lohan has canceled on Matt Lauer. The 'Today' anchor flew to her home for a scheduled interview, but when he arrived, Lohan claimed she wasn't told it would be a lengthy interview and decided not to go through with it. Lohan has since tested positive for alcohol and is heading back to court. [Huffington Post]

'NewsRadio' veteran Stephen Root has joined the cast of FX's pilot 'Outlaw Country.' Root will play a businessman/gangster in Nashville-set crime drama also starring Mary Steenburgen. Andy Milder is returning to 'Weeds' as Dead Hodes and Pablo Schreiber has been upped to a series regular on 'A Gifted Man.' [Deadline]

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caryn.greene

I'm excited about Sydney joining the cast!! Did you hear about this really exciting contest to meet James Scott and Joseph Mascolo on the Days set and to appear with them in Soap Opera Digest? Check it out at http://www.classwish.org/days/fame

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