Sunday, January 4, 2015

NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice"

I should be ashamed to admit that I've watched all seasons of "The Celebrity Apprentice." Okay, I'm ashamed. But how can I not like the ridiculousness of it? Washed up celebrities, Donald Trump constantly praising himself, it's awesome!

At one point, "The Apprentice" was one of the top rated TV shows, but that was a long time ago. Its ratings have slipped so much that the currently airing edition, which just started Sunday night, finished filming a year ago. NBC could've aired it in the spring, but didn't. It could've aired it in the summer, but didn't.

And there are some oddities resulting from the untimely delay. For one thing, Joan Rivers will be in several of the episodes as one of Trump's eyes and ears, having "won" a previous season,* despite having passed away four months ago. 

* She "won" meaning that Trump selected her as the winner, even though pro poker player Annie Dukes outperformed Rivers by virtually every measure that Trump said mattered.

For another thing, one of the celebrity contestants is Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Bill Cosby's youngest TV daughter on "The Cosby Show." Naturally, when it came time to discuss fundraising, the others on Pulliam's teammates wondered why she didn't seek donations from Cosby.

Oops. Today, one can certainly imagine reasons for not contacting him, but of course, this was filmed back in 2013. Oh well, I guess it actually accentuates the show.

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