Producer Mark Burnett probably did not foresee when “Celebrity Apprentice” debuted in 2008 that the host, Donald Trump, would be elected President of the United States. Now that Trump is too busy running America’s boardroom, NBC needed a new host (and preferably one that could not run for President), so Burnett turned to former Governor of California and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Who are the 16 cast members for “The New Celebrity Apprentice”? Click through our photo gallery above to see the contestants and what charities they’ll be competing for.
During the height of the reality show boom, the original “Apprentice” debuted in 2004 and featured everyday contestants trying to win an actual apprenticeship with Trump. That breakout first season was nominated for four Emmys: Reality-Competition Program, Cinematography for Non-Fiction Programming, Editing for Non-Fiction Programming and Sound Editing for Non-Fiction Programming. Believing he should’ve won at least one of those trophies, Trump later claimed that the Emmys were rigged against him and this was even brought up during the Presidential Debate with Hillary Clinton.
Will “The New Celebrity Apprentice” with host Arnold Schwarzenegger have better luck at the Emmy Awards? Scroll through the photos of the new cast (which includes comedian Jon Lovitz and reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi) to see if you think Season 8 has the goods to take down reigning Emmy champ “The Voice,” and then sound off in the comments section below.
In our “Celebrity Apprentice” predictions center, you get to answer the following questions before each episode airs on NBC every Monday at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET.:
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Gold Derby readers just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts throughout the week, just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the season of “Celebrity Apprentice” in our reality TV forum.