“Celebrity Apprentice”: now with even less reason to watch


Maybe I’m asking too much,

but I think reality shows with "celebrity" in the title should

be required to feature actual celebrities. You know, people who are

well known, preferably for something besides appearing on reality shows.

This, for example, is not a celebrity.

I’ll give Omarosa credit

for making

the most
of losing

the Apprentice, but please. She’s not even good at being bitchy.

Maybe Donald Trump‘s ego has convinced him that she is a celebrity

and that’s why she’s one of the "stars" on the upcoming

Celebrity Apprentice. But I beg to differ.

How about this next contestant —

do you recognize the face? (Yes, I want you to look at her face.)

Let me help you out. Her name

is Tiffany Fallon. Doesn’t ring a bell? Strange, since, according

to her

, she’s

"quickly becoming known in Hollywood as one of the great new faces

in broadcasting." However, your instincts (no matter how primitive)

on seeing her picture probably were correct. Fallon actually is best

known for being the 2005 Playboy "Playmate of the Year."

And what about Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch?

Don’t get me wrong; Finch is awesome. In fact, here’s a picture

of the pitcher in action to prove my adoration of

her, um, softball skills.

I just don’t think she could

be categorized as a celebrity in an audience less refined than AfterEllen.com

readers. She would, however, be on my list for Lesbian Apprentice.

Winner gets to work closely with a top lesbian for a year. Or a bottom

lesbian. But I digress.

Others among the Celebrity

cast have enjoyed household name status, albeit some

time ago. Nadia Comaneci certainly achieved celebrity when she

became the first Olympic gymnast to earn a perfect score of 10.0 — and

then went on to earn six more. I realize she’s not that little girl

anymore, but I can’t help wishing she had passed on Trump’s show as

a way to raise her profile.

Celebrity Apprentice will differ from previous versions

— the cast will have separate hotel rooms and will not receive awards

for winning the various challenges. Instead, they will compete on behalf

of charities and the overall winner’s charity gets an additional $250,000.

Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump

again will join their father as judges in the boardroom.

One contestant I am looking

forward to seeing is Marilou Henner, who was a weekly fixture

for me when she was on Taxi. And even though Evening Shade

was not a favorite of mine, Henner won a Golden Globe for playing the

wife of Burt Reynolds‘ character.

OK, Henner is a legitimate

celebrity. That’s one. You can judge the others for yourself — here’s the list. I may tune in for a few minutes to

look at Finch and to see if Henner and Comaneci are as young looking

as their pictures. Beyond that, I’m already bored.

Is anyone planning to watch

Celebrity Apprentice
? What do you think of the lineup? Would any

celebrity have enough appeal to cancel out Trump’s lack thereof? Who

would be on your version of Lesbian Apprentice?

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