A few months ago Donald Trump told gossip columnist Liz Smith about the celebrity version of The Apprentice he was planning, stating that he was in talks with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton had expressed interest. He said he was going to call Lindsay Lohan to see if she would like to participate. He also claimed Pete Rose, Carmen Electra, Naomi Judd, Joan Rivers, Jeff Gordon and former contestant Omarosa had signed on to join the cast.
Today the official cast was revealed and...well, at least he was right about Omarosa. Including the disgraced also-ran, the cast will feature Stephen Baldwin, Marilu Henner, Gene Simmons, Nadia Comaneci, Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy on The Sopranos), Lennox Lewis, Nely Galan (former executive director of Telemundo television), Carol Alt (model from the '80s more famous for dating hockey players), Trace Adkins (country music singer), Tiffany Fallon (former Playboy Playmate of the year), Jennie Finch (softball pitcher), Piers Morgan (judge of America's Got Talent) and Tito Ortiz (Ultimate Fighting Champion).
I only put parentheses after the names I thought might not be immediately recognizable. Notice that I used a lot of parentheses. I don't really see any Britney Spears in this group.
Regardless, it could be a train wreck. I generally find that reality competitions featuring celebrities (am I the only one who watched Celebrity Mole and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here?) are not very exciting, because the celebrities are not very interesting. Regardless, it should be worth tuning in for, particularly if the writers' strike is still going on and there isn't anything else to watch. (Although, should I feel guilty watching network television at all? Is it wrong to support the networks in this way? This is probably fodder for a different post.)