NBC is stranding "celebs" in a jungle

By Tim Surette

Apr 24, 2009

NBC is continuing its quick trajectory towards VH1 standards (which is probably more offensive to VH1 these days) with the announcement of the partial list of celebrities participating in the revamp of I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!. Let's just say Brad Pitt did not make the list.

The Hills' Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, former NBA player John "Spider" Salley, former model Janice Dickinson, former American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar, pro female wrestler Torrie Wilson, and Stephen Baldwin will be participating in the show this edition. Three more celebrities are expected to be added and announced at a later time. MTV has also picked up the rights to replay the series.

Disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was among those angling to participate, but a federal judge rightly denied him… probably because he should be in jail (well that's for a court to decide). However, he will still have something to do with the show, as he was part of the press conference today announcing the cast.

In the show, the celebs are "dropped into the heart of the jungle" of Costa Rica where they fend to survive by engaging in activities to win food and various other necessities. NBC says viewers will get to decide who gets eliminated, which will be hard to pull off given that the show will air Mondays through Thursdays this summer--can anyone edit raw footage that fast?

I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! debuts June 1 with a two-hour event. Expect it to stop airing shortly after that. Ahhh... good old summer programming.

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  • susyvas51 Jun 22, 2009

    I like the show, good for summer, I love Sanjaya I learn to know his personality, he is brave and don't seem fake or act, I am sure that the celebrities enjoyed his character, a sweet person I will say.

  • kopeckee Jun 02, 2009

    i watched 5 minutes.... .. way 2 much

  • sunnyday1982 May 16, 2009

    M--TH???????? seriously? waste of $$$$

  • Momsternator May 06, 2009

    This is exactly why NBC is failing; they have nothing left but mind-melting content. NBC CEOs should be the ones dropped off and left behind. Forever. Cull the gene pool.

  • jmas33 Apr 29, 2009

    Heidi and Spencer were enough to not make me watch, but Sanjaya and Janice too? Good luck with that show!

  • bruins1968 Apr 29, 2009

    Will not watch this show just cause of those non celebs from the hills.

  • CoffeeCake225 Apr 27, 2009

    i agree with beachfrontglass
    they should just leave them there, nobody'll notice theyre gone..television would just be a better place for real talent

  • CoffeeCake225 Apr 27, 2009

    so in other words "another group of has-beens trying to get back into the limelight" is what the show should be called

  • IndianaMom Apr 27, 2009

    Four nights a week! That's insane! That's suicidal! That's NBC.

  • peon4570 Apr 27, 2009

    I really must say this again. Junk junk and more junk!

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