NBC has decided to make the next season of Celebrity Apprentice two hours long! NBC sees it as a way to cut programming costs, but aren’t they concerned that no one watched the first edition of Celebrity Apprentice? I used to love the Apprentice, but it just got so monotonous to watch, the people weren’t interesting anymore, the tasks got old, etc, etc.
What surprised me even more was to read that NBC asked Mark Burnett to upsize the show. To what? Them sleeping and spooning each other in their twin beds?
Mark Burnett said, “Donald has always felt the boardrooms were too short, and I think he’s right…Right now, there’s really only about nine minutes of footage that we use and the boardroom (scenes) go on for hours sometimes. The problem has been trying to squeeze it all in. Every season we go through the struggle of cutting the show down. This wasn’t a sudden call…It really came from how strongly everyone felt about the show when we were shooting.”
I do agree with the above boardroom statement. I would love to see celebrities sell each other out; now that’s comedy! But I guess like every reality show, the success of the show depends on casting.
They haven’t set a premiere date yet, but the show could air as early as Feb. 8.
NBC hasn’t officially announced the cast yet, but the rumored cast is:
Andrew Dice Clay
Annie Duke – poker player
Claudia Jordan – Deal or No Deal briefcase model
Brian McKnight – R&B singer
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins – TLC
Herschel Walker – retired NFL player
Natalie Gulbis – LPGA golfer
Scott Hamilton – former Skater
Brande Roderick – actress