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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 to Sinbad: 'You're Fired!' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 22nd 2010 6:23AM
Celebrity Apprentice, Sinbad FiredThe firings have been tough so far on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' (Sun., 10PM ET on NBC), because most of the team members have been stepping up to their tasks.

But last night's firing seemed on target. The guys lost the Kodak challenge, and team leader Sinbad seemed a bit scattered when trying to manage the team – especially Bret Michaels, who kept trying to get an assignment, to no avail.

What do you think? Did the right person get fired?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Who Needs Celebs? NBC Bringing Back the Original 'Apprentice'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Mar 17th 2010 6:16PM
Ta ta disgraced governors. See ya, washed-up rock stars.

According to the TheWrap, NBC is bringing back the celeb-free version of 'The Apprentice' for the first time since 2007, with a recession-era twist: "Real people" contestants who've been hit hard by the bad economy will get a chance to reverse their fortunes by wowing boss Donald Trump.

The return of the original premise has been rumored for some time. Trump recently declared himself all for it, telling reporters, "I will be very involved if they bring back regular 'Apprentice,'" he said. "I'd be very involved in the casting again."

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The Fall of 'The Apprentice'

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:58PM


While watching the two-hour (read: interminable) debut of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' on Sunday night, I was trying to figure out if Cyndi Lauper is out of this show's league, or vice versa. Maybe I'm thinking about leagues because of all the previews for the new Jay Baruchel movie, but for some reason that's how the question phrased itself in my head. Has Cyndi Lauper really sunk this low?

'The Apprentice' used to be an A-list show when it debuted in 2004. Remember? It was a serious competitive reality show that was nominated for Emmys against shows like 'Survivor' and 'The Amazing Race', and for cinematography -- in other words, the gorgeous New York skyline shots that peppered the episodes. Back then, people watched the show and compared the tasks and the competitors to their own workplace.

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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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Rod Blagojevich Jokes Around on 'Celebrity Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 15th 2010 2:50AM
Celebrity Apprentice, Rod BlagojevichSomehow, we don't think Rod Blagojevich being on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' (Sun., 9PM ET on NBC) is going to do him any favors. There's been too many late night talk show jokes and 'Saturday Night Live' skits for this guy to be anything but a joke.

"I was thinking how nice it was to be able to be part of this sort of healthy camaraderie between a bunch of guys who are now on the same team," he said. "Coming out of politics and government, it's a whole new experience."

Well, not really. Watch your back, Rod. The last man standing wins.

Watch the video after the jump.

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David Letterman Grills Donald Trump on Clean Coal (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 12th 2010 6:48AM
David Letterman, Donald TrumpFor once, Donald Trump seemed a little off his game on 'Late Show With David Letterman' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). The guy couldn't catch a break as David Letterman grilled him on clean coal and evicted Scottish farmers.

Fortunately (for us, the viewers), the people who come up against Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' won't be so fortunate.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Celebrity Apprentice 2': Who Will Win?

by Chris Jordan, posted Mar 11th 2010 4:00PM
Fired up for a new season of 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? Fourteen celebs -- of varying levels of celebrity-dom -- are working for a bonus of $250,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice. And maybe a chance to spark up a little interest in their careers, too.

Business mogul Donald Trump will do the firing once again, aided by son Donald Trump Jr., daughter Ivanka Trump and long-time adviser George H. Ross on this third season of 'Celebrity Apprentice.' The teams, incidentally, are divided by sex.

The action starts 9 PM ET Sunday on NBC. Before then, we've studied the field and calibrated who the likely winner will be.

See for yourself after the jump.

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Donald Trump on Being an 'Old Dad' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 11th 2010 3:00PM
Donald Trump appeared on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' and was asked by guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld whether he's gained a new appreciation for kids now that he's raising young children later in life.

"I appreciate it perhaps more now, because then I was so busy," Trump said, referring to when he had children at an earlier age. "I'm still just as busy, but I think I appreciate ... the children maybe a little bit more."

Watch the video after the jump.

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NBC Signs 3-Year Nuptials With 'Miss Universe,' 'Miss USA'

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 9th 2010 12:11AM
NBC is fond of 'Miss Universe' and 'Miss USA': The network has struck a new three-year deal with the Miss Universe Organization and Donald Trump to continue to broadcast the pageants, beginning in 2011, according to a report in Entertainment Weekly.

Last year's 'Miss USA' averaged around 5 million viewers, a record low for the pageant, but scored high on the buzz meter because of Carrie Prejean (Miss California) and her comments on gay marriage. The 2009 'Miss Universe' contest pulled in 5.9 million viewers, an improvement over previous outings.

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Leno Bids Farewell to 'The Jay Leno Show' (VIDEO)

by Chris Jordan, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:48PM
After months of late-night drama with Conan O'Brien and NBC, last night Jay Leno finally bid farewell to his recently canceled prime-time series 'The Jay Leno Show.' He left the show with a few zingers (watch out ,Heidi Montag) and gags from Donald Trump and Ashton Kutcher, and played catch with recently retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner. In all, it seemed to be a cheery and upbeat -- if quiet -- goodbye.

Of course, we use the word "goodbye" lightly, as Leno will be returning to 'The Tonight Show' after the Olympics.

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Donald Trump gets another TV show

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 17th 2009 10:30AM
Donald Trump and Vince McMahonNot only does the man keep getting rehired, he's now got yet another job. Donald Trump will be hosting Donald J. Trump's Fabulous World of Golf on April 26 on the Golf Channel. The premise of the program is that golf stars and celebrities will play Trump one-on-one in a golf game for charity (presumably if Trump loses, the show donates to the charity of the celebrity's choice).

Will anybody attack Trump with a golf club? I would tune in for that. Wouldn't it be great if he had the rematch with Vince McMahon in a game of golf? Perhaps, much like his WWE appearance, the loser can also have their head shaven.

I'll wait to hear who Trump is actually playing before I consider tuning in. Of course, I hear Tiger Woods suddenly has a lot of free time available and could use the positive publicity. That would be an interesting episode.

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Golf Channel Picks Up 'Donald J. Trump's Fabulous World of Golf'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 16th 2009 3:00PM
Reality TV has hired Donald Trump -- again.

Variety reports that The Donald has just inked a deal with the Golf Channel for a new unscripted reality show titled 'Donald J. Trump's Fabulous World of Golf' (yep).

Trump, who owns many golf courses in such places as Westchester, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Puerto Rico, is rounding up a host of celebrities to compete one-on-one for charities. Already on board to play a few holes are NFL legends Jerry Rice and Lawrence Taylor, with more athletes, musicians, actors and business-types reportedly to come.

The series will debut on April 26, 2010, with an initial order of six half-hour episodes.

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Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas Join History Documentary

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 10th 2009 12:50PM
Though the U.S. is a young nation -- just 233 years old if you trace it back to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 -- the settling of the continent goes back four centuries or more.

With that in mind, the History Channel will premiere 'America: The Story of Us' in 2010, an epic 12-part series examining how this nation of average citizens, not royalty, have determined its course from the very beginning.

According to Variety, Meryl Streep and Michael Douglas are among a starry list of narrators confirmed for the series, which draws talent from Hollywood and politics. Other narrators will include former Secretary of StateColin Powell and NBC anchor Brian Williams.

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Mark Burnett to Take Over 'HGTV Design Star': How Will He Redesign It?

by Chris O'Connell, posted Dec 4th 2009 12:43PM
Mark Burnett'Survivor' producer Mark Burnett will take over the reigns at 'HGTV Design Star' from 495 Prods, the Hollywood Reporter confirms.

The British producer will be expected to "infuse [the show] with fresh perspective and innovative ideas that will serve as a blueprint for a successful fifth season," according to HGTV senior vice president of programming Freddy James.

Burnett introduced competition-based reality programming to American audiences. In addition to his work on 'Survivor,' Burnett has produced everything from 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,' to 'The Apprentice' to MTV's 'Bully Beatdown.'

In 2007, his work on 'Survivor' won him an Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Special Class).

'Design Star,' which just wrapped its fourth season in September, is a bit of a departure from Burnett's resume. Which means he may have to spruce it up a little to compete with the intensity of his other shows.

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