5th Grader, Apprentice raid B-list

By Tim Surette

Aug 20, 2008

Say what you will about reality television, but there's no denying its one chief contribution to society. Script-free TV helps provide the world's struggling celebrities to continue on with their charmed lives, lest they *gasp* become one of us plebeians.

Among the next round of reality programs keeping the not-so-shining stars out of cardboard boxes on Sunset Boulevard are NBC's Celebrity Apprentice and Fox's Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, both of which had a portion of their guest list leaked today.

Donald Trump will be testing the business acumen of some wacky individuals, says The Chicago Sun-Times. Citing the ever-present "inside source," the paper unveiled three names: chatterbox, red-carpet specialist, and plastic surgery vet Joan Rivers, Playboy bunny and Baywatch alumna Brande Roderick, and NBA bad boy and cross-dresser Dennis Rodman.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader is going for less sensationalism, recruiting some actual brainiacs to tangle with the classroom kids, says The Orlando Sentinel. But before we get to the intellectuals, let's start with the...nonintellectuals. Model Kathy Ireland, former Superman Dean Cain, rocker Gene Simmons, 90210's Jennie Garth, The View's Star Jones, and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard are all scheduled to appear.

The previously teased eggheads appearing are: Nobel laureate and astrophysicist George Fitzgerald Smoot III (with a name like that how can he not be a Nobel laureate?), Jeopardy! king Ken Jennings, animal man Jack Hanna, and astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson.

The new season of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader premieres September 5, and Celebrity Apprentice is scheduled for early 2009.

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  • Glornt Dec 12, 2008

    Apprentice is just trash, so I don't care what they do to it, but the regular use of "celebrity" contestants on 5th Grader (apart from Jennie Garth, she's still so cute) is a sign of desperation. Oh well, it was a decent show while it lasted...

    BTW, I wouldn't say that being a 6th grade teacher necessarily qualifies Gene Simmons as an "intellectual"; for that matter, there are some college professors at big name universities who don't qualify for that tag.

  • BrainGun Oct 28, 2008

    Jeff Foxworthy will provide the voice of a fictional NASCAR racer in an

    untitled animated series for FOX Broadcasting, while Larry the Cable Guy

    will voice himself in an ABC Studios-produced animated series now in pre-

    production at Comedy Central.

  • scotchex2 Sep 11, 2008

    Sugar Ray Leonard was always a class act.

  • kissfreak333 Aug 26, 2008

    uh, gene simmons on the NON-intellectual list!?!?!?! before KISS he was a sixth grade teacher!!!! look it up.

  • gisele8 Aug 24, 2008

    My mom says the 5th graders are given the answers. Is she right?

  • alcalde Aug 24, 2008

    I think it's unfair to list Dean Cain in the "nonintellectuals" category - the guy did obtain a history degree from Princeton.

  • Hoeech Aug 23, 2008

    Oohhh Donald, Donald, Donald. This is past clutching at straws. Joan Rivers and Dennis Rodman? Can you scrape any lower than that? Was Tonya Harding not picking up the phone?

  • steph3099 Aug 23, 2008

    wow, such an amazing lineup, lol...

  • darrel_ashley Aug 23, 2008

    Ken Jennings is gonna own those 5th graders.

  • twallrhs Aug 21, 2008

    I heard that the State School Superintendent from Georgia will be on 5th Grader in Sept. That should be interesting.

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