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.