Celebrity Apprentice

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The Celebrity Apprentice
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Format Reality game show
Created by Mark Burnett
Starring Donald Trump
Ivanka Trump (2008–)
Donald Trump, Jr. (2008–)
Eric Trump (2010–)
Theme music composer Kenneth Gamble
Leon Huff
Anthony Jackson
Opening theme "For the Love of Money"
Performed by The O'Jays
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6 (13 including The Apprentice)
No. of episodes 73 (175 including The Apprentice)
Production
Producer(s) Mark Burnett
Donald Trump
Location(s) New York, New York
Running time 60 minutes (season 1)
120 minutes (seasons 2–)
Production company(s) Trump Productions
Mark Burnett Productions
Distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run January 3, 2008 (2008-01-03) – present
Chronology
Related shows The Apprentice: Martha Stewart
The Apprentice

Celebrity Apprentice is an American reality game show and spin-off television series to the United States version of The Apprentice. Like the show's precursor, the show is hosted by real estate magnate, businessman and television personality Donald Trump. Also like its precursor, the show's opening theme song is "For the Love of Money" by The O'Jays. Unlike its precursor, however, Celebrity Apprentice consists of celebrities as the competing apprentices as opposed to unknowns. The show features celebrities, typically who have been out of the public eye for quite some time or are looking for publicity for one reason or another, competing for charities. These celebrities come from a wide variety of different fields in the media: sitcoms, professional sports, music industry, reality television, radio, and other backgrounds.

Celebrity Apprentice is linked in seasons to its precursor TV show: The Apprentice which consists of seasons one through six and ten. Thus, Celebrity Apprentice follows up with seasons seven onwards—except for season ten which revisited the original program. Season six (number 13 overall), the most recent, aired from March to May 2013. The show was renewed for a seventh season, which is slated to air in the 2014–15 TV season.[1]

History[edit]

On July 6, 2007, it was announced that The Apprentice had been renewed for a seventh season, with a possibility of an eighth.[2] In an effort to revitalize interest in the series, season seven[3] featured celebrities playing the game to raise money for charities, going under the name The Celebrity Apprentice as opposed to continuing under The Apprentice format. British tabloid editor Piers Morgan was declared the victorious player of that season. On January 28, 2008, NBC confirmed that season eight would feature celebrities playing the game to raise money for charity. That season premiered in January 2009, and resulted in a win for comedian Joan Rivers.[4]

Season three of The Celebrity Apprentice aired in the spring of 2010, and was won by musician Bret Michaels.

On March 17, 2010, NBC officially stated that a new season of the original Apprentice would be brought back, with the explanation that regular working people would again attract audiences in light of the damaged U.S. economy. That season premiered September 16, 2010.[5] This time the ratings were low, and both Trump and Producer Mark Burnett returned to the 'Celebrity' format, which saw John Rich win in season four. In season five, late night host Arsenio Hall won. In season six, the first all-star season took place, bringing back 14 of the most memorable celebrities to compete for the first title of the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, which country singer Trace Adkins won.

Season installments[edit]

Existing as a sequel television series to the U.S. version of The Apprentice, Celebrity Apprentice seasons are numerically continued from seasons of its predecessor. As of 2013, six seasons of Celebrity Apprentice have aired (season 10 was a non-celebrity format):

Statistics by season[edit]

(Note: Given that the show is a sequel television series, the below "statistics by season" chart is a continuation from its precursor's (The Apprentice) "statistics by season" chart. Note as well that season 10 is omitted from the chart below as the show reverted back to The Apprentice for that season)

Season Winner Winner's charity Time slot Season premiere Season finale TV season Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
Finale viewers
(in millions)
7 Piers Morgan Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Thursday 9:00 PM January 3, 2008 March 27, 2008 2007–08 48 11.0[6] 12.1[7]
8 Joan Rivers God's Love We Deliver Sunday 9:00 PM March 1, 2009 May 10, 2009 2008–09 52 9.0[8] 8.7[9]
9 Bret Michaels American Diabetes Association March 14, 2010 May 23, 2010 2009-10 59 7.4[10] 9.3[11]
11 John Rich St. Jude Children's Research Hospital March 6, 2011 May 22, 2011 2010–11 46 8.8[12] 8.3[13]
12 Arsenio Hall Magic Johnson Foundation February 19, 2012 May 20, 2012 2011–12 73[14] 7.1[14] 6.9[15]
13 Trace Adkins American Red Cross March 3, 2013 May 19, 2013 2012–13 84[16] 5.6[16] TBA

Contestants by season[edit]

Celebrity Apprentice 1 (season 7)[edit]

Celebrity Apprentice 2 (season 8)[edit]

Celebrity Apprentice 3 (season 9)[edit]

Celebrity Apprentice 4 (season 11)[edit]

Celebrity Apprentice 5 (season 12)[edit]

Celebrity Apprentice 6 (season 13)[edit]

Upcoming Celebrity Apprentice 7 (season 14)[edit]

Bold indicates that the contestant won the competition. Italics indicate that the contestant was the runner-up of his/her season.

Similar shows in other nations[edit]

Spin-offs of the British series The Apprentice
Spin-off of the Australian series The Apprentice Australia
Spin-off of the Brazilian series O Aprendiz
  • Aprendiz Celebridades (season 1), airing April-July 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 19, 2014). "'Chicago Fire', 'Chicago P.D.' & 'Grimm' Renewed; NBC Confirms Renewals of 'Parks & Recreation' & 'Celebrity Apprentice'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Rocchio, Christopher; Rogers, Steve; "Report: NBC to announce renewal of Donald Trump's The Apprentice realityworld.com; July 6, 2007
  3. ^ "The Apprentice: Trump Says NBC Wants Him Back" tvseriesfinale.com; 31 May 2007
  4. ^ NBC Says "You're Hired" for Second Season Pick Up of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' and Announces Live Two-Hour Finale of Season One on March 27th at 9:00 PM-11:00 PM ET
  5. ^ NBC.com - NBC, Donald Trump and Mark Burnett Want To Help America Get Back To Work With New Version Of Popular Original Series 'The Apprentice'
  6. ^ 11 million watch Celebrity Apprentice, which was the top-rated 18–49 show of the night realityblurred.com
  7. ^ Levin, Gary (May 12, 2009). "Nielsens: 'Amazing Race,' how sweet the ratings". USA Today. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Season 8 Program Ranking". June 2, 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Network TV Press Releases: "Celebrity Apprentice" and "Biggest Loser: Couples," Pace NBC’s Week". May 12, 2009. Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  10. ^ Gorman, Bill (June 16, 2010). "Final 2009-10 Broadcast Primetime Show Average Viewership". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ Kissell, Rick (May 24, 2010). "SABC's 'Lost' finishes on top". Variety. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-05-27). "Full 2010-11 Season Series Rankings". Deadline Hollywood. Mail.com Media Corporation. 2010-11 Season: Series Ranking In Total Viewers (in thousands). Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  13. ^ 'Family Guy' rules on a night of finales
  14. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (May 24, 2012). "Complete List Of 2011-12 Season TV Show Viewership: 'Sunday Night Football' Tops, Followed By 'American Idol,' 'NCIS' & 'Dancing With The Stars'". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Sunday final Ratings". Nielson. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (May 29, 2012). "Complete List Of 2012-13 Season TV Show Viewership: 'Sunday Night Football' Tops, Followed By 'NCIS,' 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'NCIS: Los Angeles'". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012.