It’s been more than a year since NBC aired a season of Celebrity Apprentice. The show has been neither canceled nor missed at the network, until today, when Donald Trump popped on Today to announce that the show has already filmed, that the new season is hitting the network in January, and that Joan Rivers will appear in the new episodes.
One of the things that sets The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice apart from a lot of other major network reality competition series is the fact that Donald Trump does all the firing. America doesn't vote for the winner, which puts the competition a bit more in line with some of the more professional-based series, like Hell's Kitchen.
You know how Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice normally call in the previous winners and various executive types to interview the final four candidates and make recommendations that Trump either contorts to validate his previously decided opinions or ignores entirely? Well, the show went in a different direction this year.
A day ahead of their upfront presentation, NBC has posted their 2013-2014 schedule, which lays out where most of the new and returning series will air throughout the week come next fall. A few notable schedule changes appear to be taking place, including a move to Wednesdays for Revolution and a shift to Thursdays for Parenthood. Absent from the list is Community, but NBC did include it among the scripted series confirmed to return, so it will be back. It's just a matter of when.
Celebrity Apprentice is a completely different game with only a handful of players left. While the early rounds are about finding a way to contribute and navigating the sea of utterly bizarre personalities, the latter rounds are about using celebrity connections and good old fashioned hard work to actually get shit done.
The Celebrity Apprentice Power Rankings are an ordered compilation of weekly lists put together by TV Blend writers Mack Rawden and Jessica Rawden. Each week after viewing the episode, they each rank the competitors in order. Fourteen points are given for a first place vote, and this week, nine were given for a last place vote.
The country of South Africa is the big company this week. The country wants to showcase travel, and someone felt Celebrity Apprentice was the way to do it. The two teams were tasked with showcasing aspects of the country involving either “adventure” or “romance.” Lil Jon grabs adventure for his team (which also involves Trace, Brande, and Marilu), leaving Penn, Lisa, and Gary to focus on the romantic aspects of South Africa.
On paper, Gary Busey vs Trace Adkins is about as lopsided of a Celebrity Apprentice project manager match-up as the show has ever given us. In actuality, however, the slugfest turned out to be pretty back and forth with the final decision coming down to details rather than giant mistakes.
Spelling anything wrong in an advertising proposal is a good way to see the job go to someone else. Spelling the creator’s name wrong in an advertising proposal is as close to a guarantee of failure as one can get. Unfortunately for one of the teams, that’s exactly what happened this week, and not surprisingly, that project manager got the big ugly axe.
The year of the utterly bizarre boardroom decisions continued this week with the losing project manager making a horrible decision and bringing the wrong people back with her to fight it out. Trump was once again flabbergasted by the foolish approach, and the poor project manager never even had a real chance to talk her way out of it. More on that later, however.
Wait…what? I’m pretty sure that was the reaction almost all Apprentice fans had after seeing the utterly bizarre decision one project manager made as to who to bring back to the boardroom last night. After having watched every single season, having watched people quit and people asked to be fired, I’ve still never seen anything as dumbfounding and infuriating as what happened.
This week’s task picked up right where last week’s episode stopped off. Trump stopped in to the post-boardroom celebration to assign two new project managers, with the responsibility eventually falling on Dee Snider and Omarosa’s shoulders. The two teams were then shipped off to Universal Studios, where they were asked to create marketing displays that would be an experience for park-goers.
Once the teams were determined, Trump gave them the challenge: each team would create meatballs to sell as a fundraiser. The teams decided on two completely different strategies. Adkins took leadership on one team and decided not to open it to the public, instead spending his time focusing on some higher-check whales. The other team took on Roderick as project manager and brought in tons of smaller donors
If you haven't seen last night's season premiere of All Star Celebrity Apprentice yet, avoid the text for spoilers' sake and skip to the bottom to watch the full premiere episode. That's the only spoiler warning you're going to get from here on out! For everyone else, can someone explain to me why Donald Trump thought it was so weird that one of the former Celebrity Apprentice winners wanted to return to play in the All Stars competition?
For the colder states, March can feel like an eternity, as winter drags on and we look forward to spring. Winter is here, but it's also coming, in the more figurative, fantastical sense. Game of Thrones returns for its third season in March. But the HBO fantasy-drama is just one of the ten TV highlights worth looking forward to as March gets underway. There's also Celebrity Apprentice, basketball, The Voice and a couple of anticipated season finales, among some other reasons to set your DVR.