Celebrity Apprentice may include Marilu Henner, Omarosa, John Cena, Stephen Baldwin, Gene Simmons

Nine celebrities have been identified as cast members for The Apprentice 7, the celebrity edition. If the names are correct, the show–like all celebrity shows now–is stretching the definition of “celebrity.” (A previous list of celebrities turned out to be incorrect.)

The newly identified cast members are Carol Alt, Stephen Baldwin, John Cena, Marilu Henner, Lennox Lewis, Tito Ortiz, Vincent Pastore, Gene Simmons, and former Apprentice cast member Omarosa, according to TMZ, which says “NBC’s been doing everything they can to keep these names under wraps.”

TMZ doesn’t have the best track record revealing cast members for reality shows, but the site’s paparazzi did, however, capture several of the stars it named selling hot dogs in New York City earlier today. Those stars were being filmed, and it’s hard to imagine why a bunch of D-list celebs would be selling hot dogs in New York other than because Donald Trump commanded them to do so. Those people were Lennox Lewis, Gene Simmons, Vincent Pastore, John Cena, and Stephen Baldwin; perhaps they’re on one team together.

The site says “production goons did everything they could to block our shot — which just seemed ridiculous, considering that a huge crowd of people was already gawking.”

The Celebrity Apprentices — Revealed! and Trump’s Apprentices Doggin’ It on the Job [TMZ]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.