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Did Trump Inadvertently Spoil 'The Celebrity Apprentice?'

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 27th 2010 11:32AM
This morning, Donald Trump went on the 'Today' show to talk about Bret Michaels, who remains in critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage last week. Of course, as Trump tends to do, he brought the conversation back to himself, saying that "I've been feeling a little guilty because I've been going after him," referring to Bret's run on Trump's 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

But two statements he made to Matt Lauer during the interview have me curious: that Bret's doing "really, really well" on the show and that "I can't imagine he's going to be in" the finale. Watch and see if you get as curious as I did:

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Why Bret Michaels Will Win 'The Celebrity Apprentice'

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 22nd 2010 3:42PM
Bret Michaels on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'Last October, NBC invited a bunch of us TV critic types to meet and interview the cast of the current season of 'The Celebrity Apprentice.' This was before an episode had even been shot; in fact, this was the first time many of the contestants had met each other.

Even then, I knew that Bret Michaels had what it took to win the whole thing.

And now, it's coming to pass. He's only one of two men still left in the competition (the other being Curtis Stone). He's either led or taken over three of the tasks so far, and has done a very good job each time.

But what led me to believe that Michaels was going to win it all was what he told me that morning in New York. "After 22 years of running Poison's business, that's out on the road handling 48 people on the road crew, I think that people are going to see that there's this other side of me that brings, not only these people skills, but my ability to work hard and play harder," he told me.

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What's On Tonight: 'Treme,' 'Amazing Race,' 'Simpsons,' 'Good Luck Charlie'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 11th 2010 12:30PM
The fourth season of 'Army Wives' premieres tonight at 10:00 on Lifetime
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows mentioned are new, unless otherwise noted.


7:00 to 8:00
ABC: 'America's Funniest Home Videos'
CBS: '60 Minutes' -- Interview with John Gotti Jr.
FOX: 'Til Death'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
Animal Planet: 'Wild Kingdom'

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'
CBS: 'Amazing Race'
FOX: 'The Simpsons' and 'The Cleveland Show'
Discovery: 'Life'
Disney: 'Sonny With a Chance' and 'Good Luck Charlie'
Food Network: 'Food Network Challenge'
Nick: 'Victorious'
Style: 'Ruby'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Brothers & Sisters' -- Two-hour edition
CBS: 'Undercover Boss'
FOX: 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad'
NBC: 'The Celebrity Apprentice'
A&E: 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' -- 9:30 start time
Discovery: 'Life'
Food Network: 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown'
HBO: 'The Pacific'
Showtime: 'The Tudors' -- Season premiere
Style: 'Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane'

10:00 to 11:00
CBS: 'Cold Case'
A&E: 'Kristie Alley's Big Life'
AMC: 'Breaking Bad'
Discovery: 'The Deadliest Catch: Best of Season 5'
Food Network: 'Iron Chef America'
HBO: 'Treme' -- Series premiere
History: 'Ax Men'
Lifetime: 'Army Wives' -- Season premiere
Style: 'Jerseylicious'
TLC: 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

11:00 and beyond
Cartoon Network (Adult Swim): 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' at midnight and 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' at 12:30

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Things I Hate About TV: Celebs Screwing Their Charities on Reality Shows

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 4th 2010 3:02PM
'Celebrity Apprentice' season 9 ep 3
It's a time-honored tradition in the world of TV: a celebrity goes on a game show or reality contest, playing for his or her favorite charity. Then, instead of buckling down and trying his or her hardest to get as much money as possible for that charity, they laugh and joke as they either go down in flames on the show, or -- even worse -- don't look like they're even trying.

The latest case of this happened on last week's 'Celebrity Apprentice.' And, with the next episode set to air tonight, I wanted to talk about why the results from last week got me so annoyed.

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Donald Trump Calls Rosie O'Donnell's Next TV Show 'A Failure'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 28th 2010 2:27PM
donald_trump_close_up_scowlingDonald Trump is nothing if not consistent. He hates Rosie O'Donnell and he's ready to tell you how much he does every chance he gets. He's hated her since she appeared on 'The View' and criticized him for some nonsense about the Miss USA pageant. That led to a feud of epic proportions, media-wise, and he won't let it die.

This week when 'Extra' asked Trump about the proposed new Rosie O'Donnell syndicated show, he said, "She's a loser. Her other shows didn't do well, this one won't do well. Everything she touches is a failure, she's a failure."

Well, not exactly. Just because Donald Trump says it loudly and with lots of bluster, it doesn't make it true. Rosie's last daytime talk show was a monumental success. She won the Daytime Emmy five years in a row and retired from the program while it was second only to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' in ratings.

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Donald Trump's Ego is 'The Celebrity Apprentice's' Biggest Problem

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 15th 2010 7:29PM
Season 9 cast of 'The Clebrity Apprentice'
One of the mantras that any fan of 'The Apprentice' has heard over the show's nine Donald Trump-filled seasons is that "You never know who Mr. Trump is going to fire."

It's the aspect of the show that makes it unique in the sea of reality contest shows on the air right now. There's no panel of judges conferring on who should be eliminated, no one getting the ax because they came in last. No, the outcome of each episode is purely up to Donald Trump.

And that's where the show runs into its biggest problem, especially now that celebrities are involved.

It goes without saying that Trump's got an ego that's bigger than the tower that bears his name. But he's made firing decisions in the last couple of 'Celebrity Apprentice' seasons that really made me think he was acting more like a TV producer than a shrewd businessman. And if last night's season premiere is any indication of what Trump is thinking this year, 'The Celebrity Apprentice' is going to be tough to watch.

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Why is Carol Leifer doing Celebrity Apprentice?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 4th 2010 4:02PM
Celebrity ApprenticeThe cast for the next edition of Celebrity Apprentice has been officially announced, and...what a weird show this is. I think I mean that in a good way, I'm not sure. It does seem like one of those "so crazy I have to watch it" things (though I won't). Cyndi Lauper going up against Darryl Strawberry? Rod Blagojevich? Sharon Osbourne vs. Bret Michaels? Selita Ebanks vs...wait, who's Selita Ebanks again?

But the name that sticks out to me is Carol Leifer. She's a writer, stand-up comic, and the inspiration for the Elaine Benes character on Seinfeld. Doesn't she seem like the type of person who would dump on reality shows (especially celebrity reality shows) rather than be on one? Then again, even Jerry Seinfeld himself isn't immune from the lure of reality shows. He's producing one that debuts later this year.

Celebrity Apprentice #3 launches on NBC March 14.

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Here's the new cast for Celebrity Apprentice

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 19th 2009 1:22PM
The Celebrity ApprenticeDanny told you last week that Rod Blagojevich might be in the cast of the new Celebrity Apprentice season. That's still up in the air because of his legal woes, but The NY Post does have the entire list of the new celebs even if NBC hasn't released it yet.

  • Sharon Osbourne
  • Bret Michaels
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Carol Leifer
  • Bill Goldberg
  • Daryl Strawberry
  • Curtis Stone
  • Summer Sanders
  • Sinbad
  • Holly Robinson Peete
  • Maria Canellis

Leifer is a stand-up comic and a writer for Seinfeld. I was going to watch this just for her and then decided...no.

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Blago not done with reality TV, our sanity

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 9th 2009 7:07PM
Rod BlagojevichIf you thought Rod Blagojevich was done with television after the I'm a Celebrity debacle, then you don't know Rod.

An unidentified source close to team Blago confirmed that the ousted Illinois governor will compete on the upcoming season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

Of course, NBC wouldn't confirm the info until the network makes an official announcement or maybe it just didn't want to come to terms with the fact that are giving the human spotlight once more chance on TV. I'm sure it's the first one.

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Joan Rivers on longevity, Brooke Shields, and not caring about Johnny Carson

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 10th 2009 3:02PM
Joan RiversJoan Rivers was in Pasadena in July to promote her show on TV Land, How'd You Get So Rich?, but when I spoke to her after her presentation, I was more interested in a couple of issues. First, her longevity in a business that takes even older comedians and tosses them to the side (Cosby, for instance, is more community activist than comedian these days). Second, I wanted to ask her about her experience on The Apprentice, which included her feuds with wedding planners, Clint Black, and Annie Duke.

But, Joan being Joan, she also randomly let loose on Brooke Shields, Sarah Palin, and whoever else was in her mind during the ten minutes we spoke.

We start off by talking about longevity. She feels one of the reasons she stays relevant is that she doesn't live in the past. "I don't give a shit about Johnny Carson," she said.

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David Tutera gave up on The Apprentice, not just Joan Rivers

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 10th 2009 9:11AM
David TuteraI'm starting to slog through my backlog of TCA-related material, and I wanted to make sure this got out there before it gets lost. When I interviewed Joan Rivers while I was in Pasadena, I asked her about the incident on The Celebrity Apprentice finale where David Tutera, whose firm was helping to plan both teams' parties, pulled out of the show completely after Joan requested changes to his plans.

After Tutera presented a panel introducing the second season of his WE show My Fair Wedding, I caught up with him outside the ballroom to get his response to Joan. He knew the questions were coming, because I had mentioned them to his publicist, but I wanted to ease into things by asking him about the show and its upcoming season. Oh, and I asked him for suggestions on how to throw a relatively inexpensive wedding in New Jersey, but that was just for personal reasons.

But Tutera seemed ready. He answered Joan's charges calmly and without the same rancor she used.

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The Reverend Omarosa?!?

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 18th 2009 7:27PM

Omarosa at her first day at seminary school.Great, now Omarosa has God on her side.

In what can only be construed as a last ditch attempt to somehow gain immortality, America's favorite reality TV villainess, Omarosa, has enrolled in seminary school, according to the Dayton Daily News.

The former star of The Apprentice, The Celebrity Apprentice, and The Surreal Life will be earning her doctorate of ministry at the United Theological Seminary. She'll be taking classes in Old Testament, New Testament, and History of Christianity. According to Omarosa, this is part of a "transformation" she's going through.

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NBC execs don't seem to know much about NBC - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 5th 2009 2:21PM
NBC logoWe just got done with the NBC executive session, where primetime entertainment head Angela Bromstad and alternative programming (read: reality) chief Paul Telegdy took the reporters questions.

Of course, many of the questions had to do with The Jay Leno Show and Ben Silverman's departure. What the gathered reporters got out of the two executives was evasiveness, referrals to other executives, and a general sense that the two of them either don't know or don't want to provide answers about their own network.

When the question of Leno and CBS's Nina Tassler's assertion that NBC would declare victory no matter what numbers they got, Bromstad tried to pass us to the session for Leno's show later in the day. Telegdy did the same. But we wouldn't let them off the hook. An example exchange, for instance, went like this:

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Joan Rivers takes her shots at David Tutera - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 30th 2009 7:29AM
Joan RiversI had the great honor of interviewing the legendary Joan Rivers after her TCA panel promoting her new TV Land show How'd You Get So Rich? While the panel was hilarious, Joan was in fine form during the interview, telling me a good story about why she doesn't dwell in the past, criticizing Sarah Palin and Brooke Shields, and giving her one-millionth rebuke of her Apprentice rival, Annie Duke, or "Annie Douche" as she called the poker star during the panel.

But Rivers also took some vicious shots at David Tutera, the party planner who left her and Duke high and dry on The Celebrity Apprentice's finale, quitting after Joan asked him to make some changes to his plan. Since Tutera is scheduled to do a panel on his show My Fair Wedding on Friday, I wanted to post what she said about him here and then give Tutera a chance to respond.

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WWE Monday Night Raw: Trumple H?

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 22nd 2009 8:01PM
Donald Trump WWE Monday Night RawNever have a personality and an organization entered into a more appropriate marriage than Donald Trump and World Wrestling Entertainment. Pro wrestling has always been full of over-the-top, testosterone filled rants, colorful costumes, and over-sized props. And Trump, well, is famous for about the same sort of thing. Plus, we know pro wrestling is fake, and we're pretty sure about Trump's hair.

All weekend long, USA promoted tonight's WWE Monday Night Raw event, on which Trump will appear. The "ruse" is that Trump bought the WWE, something John Scott Lewinski reported last week didn't sit well with the company's stockholders. On tonight's show, Randy Orton defends his title against Triple H, as "decreed" by Trump. And he gave a press conference today with the WWE Divas. What could be more fitting?

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