NBC is stranding "celebs" in a jungle

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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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