Celebrity Apprentice’s “stellar celebrity lineup” of former reality stars announced

The cast of The Celebrity Apprentice 4 has been officially announced, although it’s been known since last fall, as the contestants competed rather publicly in several tasks.

While NBC called it “the stellar celebrity lineup of candidates,” it is actually a group of people who are mostly best known now for their appearances on reality TV shows: Gary Busey, Jose Canseco, David Cassidy, Hope Dworaczyk, Richard Hatch, La Toya Jackson, Star Jones, Lil Jon, NeNe Leakes, Meat Loaf, Marlee Matlin, Mark McGrath, John Rich, Lisa Rinna, Niki Taylor, and Dionne Warwick.

This casting is usually near-perfect on this show, and this cast at least has a sense of humor about itself, as NBC calls them crazy (“crazy good”) in an exclusive piece of marketing released exclusively to Entertainment Weekly, and they play up their eccentricities and show that they are pretty bad actors. (Update: the video is now below.)

But it’s sort of a weird choice to promote the show, considering the series itself the opposite: its format does an excellent job of revealing who people really are, not who they think they are, nor does it give them a chance to act fake as they compete under intense pressure and deadlines.

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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.