Apprentice shines again with Dionne vs. Marlee, Trump’s anti-tattoo, anti-collagen rant

Last night’s Celebrity Apprentice was, as last week, a completely awesome two hours. It’s non-stop entertainment, from Richard Hatch and Jose Canseco in drag to Dionne Warwick saying a deaf character in a children’s book would be “sad” and thus nearly got smacked down by Marlee Matlin.

The cast had to assemble a children’s book, which is one of those tasks you just know will be a disaster from the very start. The women basically ripped off part of The Wizard of Oz, while the men wrote a country song and put pictures next to it.

As usual, the drama ramped up in the boardroom, where Lisa Rinna was ultimately fired for both being a bad project manager and for being unable to do what Trump demands, which is fight hard in the boardroom. (Donald Jr. was basically handing her note cards to read from and she couldn’t even defend herself.)

There were so many highlights you just need to watch the episode, but perhaps the most randomly entertaining moment was when Donald Trump complimented Lisa Rinna on her reduced lips, and then went on a rant about body modification. First he mentioned men with tattoos and said, “What the fuck do they do it for?” And then he said that he often interacts with “the most important women you can imagine, and they have lips pumped up like balloons. And I say, ‘What the fuck are they doing?’ So don’t do that tattoos, don’t do the lips.”

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.