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.

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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