For some, the ultimate guilty pleasure in reality TV is watching NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” The original concept of Donald Trump looking to hire the perfect “Apprentice” was a hit when the show started in 2004, but the ratings waned after a few seasons. But neither Trump nor NBC were ready to let the series go. To pick things up, they gave a celebrity version a try where stars would compete for charity. Even though the show is still considered a “reality” show, the celeb version pretty much turns the concept on its head. However, how each of the participants treat each other is very real.
Sunday night kicked off the show’s sixth season, but unlike the previous season, this one features the return of the fan’s favorites. This season’s cast includes:
- Trace Adkins
- Stephen Baldwin
- Gary Busey
- Penn Jillette
- Lil Jon
- Bret Michaels
- Dennis Rodman
- Dee Snider
- Marilu Henner
- LaToya Jackson
- Claudia Jordan
- Lisa Rinna
- Brande Roderick
Just why these stars decided to come back to the boardroom once again remains to be seen. For some, I suspect it is pure ego. To up the ante, this season, the show will also bring back previous winners, Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers, Piers Morgan and John Rich as advisors. Whew – we’re in for crazy season.
Traditionally, “Apprentice” is divided up with the men on one side and the women on the other. For this season, the opening show started with Trace Adkins and Bret Michaels serving as team captains picking members for each team. The last one picked? Dennis Rodman.
While the entire cast is intriguing, it will be interesting to see how Stephen Baldwin and Omarosa do this time around. Both are controversial Christians. Stephen may be considered the black sheep of the Baldwin clan. Before his conversion, he was known as a bad boy. After the 9/11 attacks, he became a born again Christian, but still remains a controversial creature, trying to both live down his past while trying to live up to his new faith.
Omarosa is only star with the distinction of appearing on the show for three times. Omarosa is famous for being famous. The general public never heard of the woman before her first stint on the original “Apprentice” show. She didn’t win, but she made a real impact – and not in a good way. Many were surprised years later when she announced that she made plans to attend Bible school. Now an ordained minister, Omarosa currently serves as Assistant Pastor of Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
Many eyes will be watching Stephen and Omarosa to see how they get along with their teammates and how they live out their faith. One thing for rest of us to consider while watching is how we are not too different from them and we too have many eyes watching us as well.
“Celebrity Apprentice” airs at 9:00 p.m. on Sundays on NBC.