Oh, NBC. You seemed to be doing so well.
Today, NBC announced its new season of Donald Trump's reality show that won't die "The Celebrity Apprentice" will bring back 13 players from previous seasons in a special 'All-Star' season. The series features "celebrities" competing in promotional challenges, auctions, and other contests in order to win money for their respective charities.
Trump noted, "We wouldn't have done the All-Star concept unless we were able to get the right contestants back." The 'right contestants' include:
- Actor/acronym guru Gary Busey
- Actor/Baldwin Brother Stephen Baldwin
- Country music star/giant Trace Adkins
- Magician Penn Jillette
- DJ artist/rap star Lil Jon
- Former NBA star/Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman
- Singer for Twisted Sister Dee Snider
- Singer (?) LaToya Jackson
- "Taxi" actress Marilu Henner
- "Deal or No Deal" suitcase model/Radio Host Claudia Jordan
- Omarosa Manigault, star of the first season of Trump's "The Apprentice" and girlfriend of the late Michael Clarke Duncan
- Soap opera/"Melrose Place" actress Lisa Rinna
- Requisite Playboy model Brande Roderick
- Singer for Poison Bret Michaels (reportedly fully recovered from his stroke suffered shortly after production ended on the 2010 "Apprentice" season)
Trump told the Associated Press following the cast announcement, “They’re all very smart, and I think they learned a lot from their last go-around. This time, some of them will change their game to fool their rivals — some for better, some for worse.”
In addition to collecting money for their charities following each winning challenge, the overall winner of the season will receive $250000 as their final winnings. The show is set to begin shooting next week for a March 2013 debut.