Larchmont native Joan Rivers said recently she’ll be one of the contestants on the next season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. Mazel Tov to the Canadian Jewish News for breaking the story.
So, the fact that I cited the Canadian Jewish News made you laugh, eh? How dare you mock the credibility of the organization whose weddings gallery won best special section last year by the Quebec Community Newspaper Association?
Interestingly enough, Joan admitted to never watching the Celebrity Apprentice. Oye Ve! Well, neither has the rest of the planet.
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So, yeah, NBC didn’t exactly embrace Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” pitch of O.J. Simpson.
OK magazine correspondent Valerie Nome recently asked the Westchester real estate maven about his idea to consider the former running back for the reality TV show, which starts taping again in October. Said Trump:
I wouldn’t say NBC was thrilled.
Something tells me a “Celebrity Apprentice” challenge to “find the real killer” wouldn’t have had any satisfying conclusion, although I’d have had a sneaking suspicion of who Trump would fire.
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It’s tough to gauge exactly how much appearing on “The Celebrity Apprentice” goosed Stephen Baldwin’s Q score. But, if the recent Movieguide Faith and Values Awards, aka the Christian Oscars, are any indication, the Upper Grandview homeowner is now hovering on a par with Flat Stanley and Louis Gossett, Jr.
Which is to say, not much better than he was doing while taking on Piers Morgan and Treace Adkins. Now granted, this being a faith-based awards ceremony, it is kind of home turf for Baldwin. Just imagine if they were attending the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards? My guess is that Flat Stanley would have nothing to do with Stevie B.
“Flat Stanley Works the Red Carpet” [LAist]
Scroll down about half-way for the pic of Stephen and Stanley.
(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)
Having Vince McMahon as a guest judge on “Celebrity Apprentice,” that’s just good plain common sense. But dress designer Vera Wang? Why the Pound Ridge resident would want to appear on The Donald’s program, much less to use the NBC airtime to talk up a line of Serta mattresses, is beyond me. Have the Kohl’s sweatshops driven her completely off the deep end?
Also on tap for this Thursday’s “CA” episode: Upper Grandview’s Stephen Baldwin is going to ask to resign. No, not because of any longstanding grudge with Wang, but rather thanks to his stewing grudge with fellow contestant Piers Morgan. It takes me back to the good ol’ days of “Celebrity Mole” and Corbin Bernsen, the last person to bring out Baldwin’s true born-again bitchiness. Ah, good times.
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The whole idea of doing “celebrity editions” of reality TV shows has always seemed like a surefire Jump-the-Shark tactic — as reliable a way to kill your show as casting Ted McGinley or having a surprise wedding episode — but clearly these rules don’t apply to “The Apprentice.” As we learned this week, NBC has decided to order up a second season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and is super-sizing some of this season’s episodes to two hours.
Why exactly the Martha Stewart edition of the show tanked and yet the Stephen Baldwin-Omarosa reboot is booming is beyond me. Perhaps it has something to do with the lack of competitive programming. Then again, with “Lost” back on the air, it’ll be interesting to see what happened to this week’s “Apprentice” numbers. (For the record, I watched “Lost” live and DVR’d Trump & Co.)
As Trump was eager to point out in the NBC press release, “‘Celebrity Apprentice’ [is] the #1 show on Thursday nights so far this year. Ben Silverman and his team have done a tremendous job and Mark Burnett and I are thrilled to begin an eighth season of this amazingly successful franchise.” An NBC rep even went so far as to call the celebrity-ized version “a game-changer for the series.”
Let’s just hope and pray that Ted McGinley gets cast for 2009.
In case it wasn’t already clear from last night’s episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” — during which Upper Grandview’s Stephen Baldwin taunted Piers Morgan with bizarre retorts (“boomerang … boom … remember that … boom”) — now the youngest Baldwin has officially been named to the “Stupid Bitches Club.”
The honor comes from GaySocialites.com (I get these things from Google News alerts, I swear), which also cited his anti-gay marriage position, support for Mike Huckabee, and the film “Threesome” as further evidence of Baldwin’s bitchiness. I would have listed his role as Barney Rubble, from “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.” But that’s just me.
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Watch the clip here.
Be sure to wait for it, wait for it. About halfway through the video is a gem of a quote from Alec Baldwin on his brother — the one who lives in Upper Grandview: “There’s no one more full of crap than Stephen.”
The only thing that that would have been better than that is if he’d done it in the “30 Rock” voice of upstairs neighbor Mrs. Rodriguez.
With or without impressions, though, it’s still great television.
The quiz for this week:
Should John Edwards come in a distant 3rd in the upcoming South Carolina primary, many pundits predict heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be out of the race. Which Lower Hudson Valley star has been campaigning for him down there to make sure that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happen?
A. Tim Robbins, of Pound Ridge
B. Ralph Lauren, of Bedford
C. Kimberly Williams, born in Rye (By the way, I mistakenly said she lives in Rye in the studio — totally wrong. She hasn’t lived there in years.)
D. Vanessa Williams, of Chappaqua
The answer is at the end of the video and after the break.
The competition is getting so fierce on “Celebrity Apprentice” that Stephen Baldwin is apparently going to be calling in some favors from brother Alec Baldwin. And here I thought Corbin Bernsen on “Celebrity Mole” was just about the stiffest competition he’d ever face. But he ain’t got nuthin on Gene Simmons and clearly Stephen, that rude little Upper Grandview pig, is as much of a marked man as ever.
The episode featuring Alec is set to air this Thursday, Jan. 19, at 9 p.m. DY-NO-MITE!
“Alec Baldwin and Jim Cramer guest star on next week’s ‘The Celebrity Apprentice'” [NBC]
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The Golden Globes weren’t the only thing on TV recently that we completely, horribly misjudged. Turns out that Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” — which I’d teased for getting rescheduled not once, but twice — is actually a hit. Sort of.
Granted, on its premiere night, it was basically going up against two dozen reruns. And technically it wasn’t an overall No. 1 on Jan. 3. But it did garner an 11 share in adults 18-49 and 11.08 million viewers overall, according to Variety. Which is the best the show has seen since 2005. Plus, in the key 18-49 demo, it was indeed No. 1.
Of course, come the following week — and the return of CSI and Grey’s Anatomy to Thursday night — ratings for “Celebrity Apprentice” dropped precipitously. The show lost 3 million viewers, reported the NY Post, and dropped to 8.1 million overall.
Yes, you know it’s a sign of your falling celebrity cred with your over-hyped fragrance, like everything else in your over-hyped empire, arrives in the bargain bins with a stickered price of $8, down from the suggested retail of $48.
As BloggingStocks summed it up: “The signs have been there for awhile: rampant overexposure, a feud with Rosie O’Donnell, declining ratings on ‘The Apprentice,’ a falling stock price on Trump Entertainment Resorts, a terrible book with the clown of personal finance, Robert Kiyosaki, and an appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment. But now it’s all over.”
Boy, the whole $10,000 Donald Trump tip story somehow eluded us here entirely. Surely we would’ve picked it up like just about every other me-too celebrity news site. And, like all of them — including Defamer, FoxNews.com, the Huffington Post, and countless others — we would have been totally had.
I’m not sure if I want to thank the LA Times for exposing the hoax, which was perpetrated by Derober.com, or be a little pissed at them for extinguishing the story before we even had a chance to chime in. Oh well, Donald, we’ll be all over your antics soon enough. Bring on “Celebrity Apprentice”!
“News flash: Donald Trump sells Brooklyn Bridge” [LA Times]
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