NBC renews Celebrity Apprentice for third season

The Celebrity Apprentice has been renewed for a third season by NBC. It will air next spring, and presumably tape this fall.

In a press release, NBC VP Paul Teledgy says the show is “at the top of its game and has exploded in popularity this season while also raising an impressive amount of money for charity.” The release cites the show’s average of “8.6 million viewers overall this season” which “is up 39 percent versus NBC’s non-sports adult 18-49 average in the time period.”

Perhaps more significantly, it’s NBC’s second-most popular show after The Biggest Loser.

Melissa Rivers’ dramatic freak-out firing was just the latest crazy season that has certainly topped the first season, so the real question is whether or not they can find a new group of celebrities to reveal themselves to be assholes for our entertainment.

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The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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