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Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich and troubled ex-baseball star Darryl Strawberry join NBC's Celebrity Apprentice



Darryl-strawberry1 NBC's Celebrity Apprentice continues its reputation as a haven for fading and disgraced celebrities, including ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and troubled ex-baseball star Darryl Strawberry among the cost for its latest edition, debuting in March.

Strawberry will be particularly familiar to Tampa Bay area fans, for the star's long string of drug-related incidents while living in the area, including an arrest for soliciting sex from a policewoman posing as a prostitute and an arrest at gunpoint after trying to leave the scene of a car accident.

The Apprentice teams will once again be segregated by gender, with the men's team including Bret Michaels, Goldberg, Michael Johnson, Sinbad and Curtis Stone. The women's group includes: Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Selita Ebanks, Maria Kanellis, Carol Leifer and Summer Sanders.

NBC didn't include bios with the announcement and some contestant names are better known than others -- I had to look up Victoria's Secret model Ebanks and WWE wrestler Kanellis, for example.

And I'm not sure the prospect of watching Lauper and Michaels argue over who is the less washed up '80s music icon is something I'm highly anticipating.

Still, NBC's gotta put something on Sundays when football and the Olympics go away. And the non-stop bickering of C-list celebrities is a lot more fun than the other big idea wafting out of the network recently; a revival of the tired stand up comedy competition Last Comic Standing.

Here's NBC's release:


Darryl Strawberry, Cyndi Lauper, Bret Michaels, Sharon Osbourne, Michael Johnson, Holly Robinson Peete, Goldberg, Carol Leifer, Sinbad, Summer Sanders, Rod Blagojevich (left), Maria Kanellis, Curtis Stone and Selita Ebanks Will All be competing for Charity

    NEW YORK - Monday, January 4, 2010 - NBC and Donald Trump announced today the all-star celebrity cast for the third season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" premiering on Sunday, March 14 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT).  

Over the course of the celebrity seasons, over $3.5 million has been donated to charities worldwide in addition to money raised from the awareness and exposure on the show.  Now 14 new celebrities will rise to the challenge once again it will be men versus women. All the celebrities will be vying for the coveted title as they fight for their respective causes close to their hearts.

Donald Trump said “This season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is going to be fantastic. The list of celebrities we have this season is outstanding and the show will really resonate with our core viewers and fans. I expect this season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ to be the best one yet.”

The celebrities will compete in business-driven tasks around New York City using their fame, rolodexes and their business acumen to win weekly tasks and money to donate to their favorite charities, while ultimately battling with each other to stay out of the boardroom and avoid hearing those dreaded words "You're Fired!" 

They'll be subjected to long hours, grueling mental challenges, personality clashes and intense scrutiny -- all without the help of their regular support system of agents, managers and personal assistants. Certain tasks encourage the contestants to reach out to their network of celebrity contacts for assistance or donations -- making for entertaining surprise visits by some of the world's biggest stars along the way.

Trump and his advisors in the boardroom will judge all of the tasks. Returning back to the boardroom are Trump's children (and colleagues) Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., alongside longtime Trump Organization employee and "Apprentice" advisor George Ross. The boardroom will again feature a "rotating seat," allowing a variety of famous business leaders and industry legends to join Trump in spirited judgment on each task. As with last season, the winning celebrity teams will relish the opportunity to watch the losing team squirm in the boardroom from the comfort of their own war rooms. When all is said and done, 13 celebrities will be famously fired and only one will emerge to become The Celebrity Apprentice.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:04pm]


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