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."
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(S03E15) Surprise, surprise! For once, a season of Weeds ended with Nancy taking control of her life instead of being at the mercy of outside circumstances. The first two season finales provided over-the-top cliffhangers, but Season Three ended with what appeared to be a fresh start for Nancy and the Botwin family.
Doug's songs were the perfect way to frame some of the ridiculous behavior that was on display at the evacuation center. His exchange with the leader of the prayer circle (the one speaking in tongues) was priceless. How about that "Just Like the Superdome" song? I can't believe that the writers went there, but I could not stop laughing after I heard the lyrics.
(S03E14) This episode of Weeds could have been called "Warning Signs," for all the red flags that went up during each scene. Several of Nancy's friends and associates did something that could eventually lead to her downfall. By the end of next week's season finale, Nancy will likely be in some serious trouble, and the only variable is whose fault it will be.
Nancy had to deal with the consequences of Andy's biker connection by taking Silas for some medical treatment on the down-low. The fact that Nancy took her son to the same doctor that treated Marvin's wounds showed that there's no going "back to normal" for the Botwin family. They are drug dealers, and that's that.
(S03E12) To paraphrase George Costanza, worlds collided in this week's Weeds. The growers and the dealers set up shop in ultra-religious Majestic, which could mean all sorts of trouble. Andy remembered that Dean existed, Nancy and Conrad picked up where they left off (romantically speaking), and Isabel was in the same room with Heylia. Isn't that a sign of The Apocalypse?
Celia's Majestic house is the new base of operations for Aguatecture, and the transition made for some strange conversations. For me, the most bizarre part of the move was seeing Isabel talk to Heylia and Vaneeta. I would never have predicted that Isabel would cross paths with them, and now I can totally see them getting along.
(S03E10) I'm starting to feel like Valerie Scottson is the new U-Turn. While I enjoy her character, she's taking a lot of time away from the Agrestic regulars (or is it Majestic now?). With the season more than half over, I can honestly say that I would have liked fewer "U-Turn threatens Nancy" moments and more of the brutal humor that Weeds is known for. Ditto for the "angry Valerie" scenes. Something tells me that she'll be around for the remainder of Season Three, and that spells trouble for my favorite band of drug dealers and suburban malcontents.
(S03E08) Only on Weeds will an episode begin with a funeral and end with a mammogram. I love how this show is able to balance tender, emotional elements with humorous and vulgar ones. The show's writers spread the wealth around this week, devoting time to underused characters like Heylia and Shane. Weeds has an incredible ensemble cast, and this episode served as another example of that fact.
At long last, Peter's death was neatly wrapped up. It turned out that Peter's dirty dealings went beyond blackmailing Nancy and Conrad. I really liked that, for once, all signs didn't point to Nancy. The DEA higher-ups knew that Peter was corrupt, and were more than willing to let his murder go unsolved. I liked the use of newspaper headlines as added details in this episode. After the funeral scene, there was a quick cut to Heylia reading the following headline: "So long honey." Later, there was a newspaper article that linked Peter to U-Turn. How convenient! Personally, I'm ready to say goodbye to Peter, and I'm glad the writers didn't keep his corpse hidden until the end of the season. It's time for Nancy to get down to business.
It was nice to have the old Andy Botwin back, and to have the military subplot safely behind us. After seeing Andy cook breakfast in his tightie whities, it's clear that the Army didn't whip him into peak physical condition, but no matter. There were some classic Andy moments this week. It's cute that Andy's so territorial when it comes to his recipe box. I'm the same way. We also got a brief glimpse of Andy getting turned on by the mating habits of lions. Welcome back, Botwin. You were sorely missed.
Sullivan didn't waste any time putting his looks and charm to use on his new neighbors. After schmoozing with the city council members, he managed to (unsuccessfully) hit on both Nancy and Celia--not bad for a thirty-minute episode. Something tells me that he won't take no for an answer in Celia's case. Either way, it's great to see Matthew Modine again. No offense to Kevin Nealon, but I've been waiting for a hot older man to turn up on this show.
(S03E02) After watching this episode, I feel like Season Three can truly begin. All of the extended cliffhangers were resolved, but nobody went home satisfied (except perhaps U-Turn). As far as I'm concerned, the best comedic moments on this show come from the characters' worst moments. If this week's episode is any indication, we're in for a fabulous season. Bring on Matthew Modine and Mary-Kate!
While I'm not surprised that this episode featured a serious catfight, I am surprised at who was involved. Celia certainly had it coming after drowning Nancy's pot in the pool, but it was not to be. Heylia's slap was both justifiable and hilarious. I was disappointed when Heylia didn't turn up in the season premiere, but it was great to see her back in the thick of things again. Now that Conrad is part of U-Turn's work force, he'll need his aunt on his side.
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