Celebrity Apprentice filmed but not scheduled, Biggest Loser kicked to Thursdays

The Celebrity Apprentice has filmed its 7th season, but is still on track to not air until 2015, two years after its last season aired. Meanwhile, NBC is bumping The Biggest Loser to Thursdays, where it will air against CBS’ new Thursday night football. That makes it “a sacrificial lamb,” as Alan Sepinwall called it.

Donald Trump’s celebrity ego competition’s limbo means that despite having filmed this spring, it’s not on NBC’s fall schedule, nor does NBC have definitive plans for the show. It’s only said to be “returning.”

In fairness, that’s consistent with what NBC executives said about the show in January, so nothing’s really changed, and being renewed but not having a home is pretty common for NBC series, including the final season of Parks and Recreation, Hannibal, and Hollywood Game Night. Other returning reality series are America Ninja Warrior and America’s Got Talent, which will presumably air in the summer, as usual.

It’s possible The Celebrity Apprentice could air in early spring on Sundays, post-football. Or maybe NBC will pair it with Mark Burnett’s 12-episode miniseries The Bible, which will start airing on Sundays on Easter, April 5.

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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