Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Apprentice Participants

Sure you might quibble with NBC's definition of celebrity, but Donald Trump's latest incarnation of The Apprentice is shaping up to be some must-see trainwreck TV.

The Peacock just announced the 16 participants for the second installment of The Celebrity Apprentice, which will once again begin the season by pitting the men against the women.

And what a bunch of men and women they are...

Caustic mother-daughter duo Joan andMelissa Rivers, former TLC songbird Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, ex-Baywatcher Brande Roderick, reigning first family of reality sisterKhloe Kardashian, World Series of Poker champ Annie Duke, pro golfer Natalie Gulbisand Deal or No Deal briefcase holder Claudia Jordan are on the female team.

Competing on team testosterone: Sandra Bullock's other half and former Monster Garage host Jesse James, funnyman Tom Green, Olympic gold-winning figure skaterScott Hamilton, erstwhile NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman, infamous foul-mouth comic Andrew Dice Clay, former Heisman winner and NFL star Herschel Walker, country crooner Clint Black and R&B hitmaker Brian McKnight.

Once again, nepotism will be alive and well on The Celebrity Apprentice, as Trump will be joined in the boardroom by offspring Ivanka and Donald Jr. Old colleague George Ross will also stop by to lend some sage advice, as will a group of so far unnamed industry leaders, who will fill a "rotating seat" of judges on each task.

The celebrities will be competing not only to succeed first-season winner Piers Morgan as the Celebrity Apprentice, but to earn funds for the charity of their choice.

The new season kicks off March 1. Here's the complete list of competitors and their charities of choice:

  • Clint Black, country legend; International Rett Syndrome Foundation
  • Andrew Dice Clay, comedian; Stand Up for Kids
  • Annie Duke, World Series of Poker champ; Refugees International
  • Tom Green, comedian and talk-show host; Butch Walts and Donald Skinner Urologic Cancer Research Foundation
  • Natalie Gulbis, professional golfer; Boys and Girls Club
  • Scott Hamilton, Olympic figure skater; The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Jesse James, TV host, restaurateur and clothing line founder; Long Beach Education Foundation
  • Claudia Jordan, Deal or No Deal model; NAPSAC Foundation
  • Khloe Kardashian, reality star and boutique owner; Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness
  • Brian McKnight, singer and Broadway star; Youthville USA
  • Joan Rivers, Emmy-winning comedian and red carpet terror; God's Love We Deliver
  • Melissa Rivers, red carpet cohost and producer; Lili Claire Foundation
  • Brande Roderick, actress and production company owner; California Police Youth Charities
  • Dennis Rodman, former NBA star; Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Orleans
  • Herschel Walker, former NFL star; Alternative Community Development Services (Project Turnaround)
  • Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, singer, former TLC member; Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia