Cast includes Clint Black, Brian McKnight, Dennis Rodman, Annie Duke, Herschel Walker

NBC has announced the 16-member cast of The Celebrity Apprentice 2, some of whom were identified earlier. They are Clint Black, Andrew Dice Clay, Annie Duke, Tom Green, Natalie Gulbis, Scott Hamilton, Jesse James, Claudia Jordan, Khloe Kardashian, Brian McKnight, Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Brande Roderick, Dennis Rodman, Herschel Walker, and Tionne Watkins.

As with most reality series with the word “celebrity” in the title, that definition is stretched severely for some cast members: Jordan, for example, is a Deal or No Deal Model. But most are surprisngly recognizable, although I suppose some are only known in smaller circles, like, say, poker player Annie Duke or golfer Natalie Gulbis. More than one has been on another reality show in the past.

NBC promises in its press release that, once the show debuts on March 1, they “will fight, tooth and nail, to win” and that “intensity will result in flare-ups that, Piers Morgan says, ‘make his legendary fights with Omarosa look like a tea party.'” In an early November interview, Joan Rivers gave away the ending, or at least identified one of the final two cast members.

The 16 celebrities will be split into teams of men versus women, which should make it easier for Donald Trump to make sexist comments.

NBC Announces The 16 All-Star Celebrities… [NBC press release]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.