Two Celebrity Apprentice cast members identified

The Celebrity Apprentice stars production next week, and two cast members have been identified: model Cheryl Tiegs and Marco Andretti, the grandson of Mario Andretti. It also seems likely that Clay Aiken will be a cast member.

EW’s Dalton Ross reports that the show “will begin filming next week,” and cites “an insider close to the production” who revealed Tiegs and Andretti.

On the surface, they seem like weak choices to me, and are especially weak choices to be leaked ahead of time (which is maybe the point: leak the ones no one will really care about), but the show also has a history of outstanding casting. Even the lesser-known cast members usually deliver drama and entertainment, so I’m not concerned.

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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