NBC casts Sanjaya, Janice Dickinson and Stephen Baldwin in new reality show, forever lowering definition of celebrity
Otherwise, I'm not sure how people like Hills star Heidi Montag (left), longtime NBA retiree John Salley, American Idol reject Sanjaya Malakar and the untalented Baldwin brother Stephen wound up in the cast of their latest reality TV tragedy.
(Since there are more castmembers and hosts to be named, perhaps they're saving the A-list for later.)
We can't even count on a judge saving us from the sight of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich eating bugs in Costa Rica with the other participants in this nonsense. Though the judge would not allow Blagojevich to leave the United States for the show, he IS appearing in ads for the program, according to a segment aired on the Today show Friday morning.
Here is NBC's press release revealing the cast.
NBC ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR GROUNDBREAKING LIVE TV EVENT ‘I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE!’
Celebrities Include Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, John Salley, Janice Dickinson, Sanjaya Malakar, Stephen Baldwin and Torrie Wilson
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. – April 24,2009 – NBC announced today casting for its new groundbreaking live summer television event "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" premiering Monday, June 1.
Cast members will include: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (stars of MTV's "The Hills"), NBA great and TV personality John Salley ("Best Damned Sports Show Period"), supermodel and TV star Janice Dickinson (left, "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency"), 2007 "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar, actor Stephen Baldwin ("The Usual Suspects") and professional wrestler and beauty queen Torrie Wilson. Additional celebrity contestants will be named soon along with the hosts of the show.
"I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" is the ultimate "Swiss Family Robinson" as 10 celebrities will be dropped into the heart of the jungle to face fun and comedic challenges designed to test their survival skills. America is the puppet master, controlling their favorite celebrities by putting them into challenges and tasks to win food, supplies and luxury items. In each episode, friendships will be tested, hilarity will ensue and viewers will decide which celebrities stay or go. The last remaining star will be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle, winning a substantial cash prize for their favorite charity.
In a unique scheduling move, "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" will air at 8 p.m. over four weeks in June. The new series will debut as a two-hour television event on Monday, June 1 (8-10 p.m. ET) and will follow with broadcasts on Mondays through Thursdays (8-9 p.m. ET) for the first three weeks. During the fourth week of June, the series will be telecast Monday through Wednesday (8-9 p.m. ET) with the finale on Wednesday, June 24 (8-9 p.m. ET).