5th Grader, Apprentice raid B-list

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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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.
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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.
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Sugar Ray Leonard was always a class act.
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uh, gene simmons on the NON-intellectual list!?!?!?! before KISS he was a sixth grade teacher!!!! look it up.
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My mom says the 5th graders are given the answers. Is she right?
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I think it's unfair to list Dean Cain in the "nonintellectuals" category - the guy did obtain a history degree from Princeton.
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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?
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wow, such an amazing lineup, lol...
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Ken Jennings is gonna own those 5th graders.
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I heard that the State School Superintendent from Georgia will be on 5th Grader in Sept. That should be interesting.
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not sure if i'll watch
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I'm proud to say I watch neither.
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Once shows have to stoop to celebrities like Joan Rivers, its time to give them the axe.
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I'll pass on both of them. I find them both cringe-worthy.
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Oh God once Ken Jennings comes on they're is no stopping him from answering those fifth grader level questions.
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I smell double-failure...
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It'll be funny seeing Joan Rivers going through the Apprentice hoops. As for everyone else... well let's just say we'll all be suprised as to the answer if Star Jones is smarter than a fifth grader.
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who cares
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I love Are You Smarter The A 5th Grader, not so much Apprentace.
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No Dirk13, it is correct as is. I think you missed the "struggling" part. These are celebrities that have fallen out of the limelight in their respective area; tv, music, etc so they go on these shows to try and gain some fame back.
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[i]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. [/i]



huh? I dont understand, isnt it the opposite? more script free stuff means lest work for celebrities......



anyway and here i thought i was done with the Apprentice, but i dont think i'll be able to resist as it is, and there's still about 8 more people to be announced.



but seriously, was Brandie Roderick already on a reality show? wasn't it the surreal life?



fyi, it's really weird to see Jennie Finch on NBC again in the olympics, after so recently being on a show like the Apprentice, just kind of cool, since most of the people on the show are somewhat "past their prime".
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more pointlesness
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