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Savvy TV: Celebrity Apprentice Debuts Tonight

NBC is obviously showing off its business sense by kicking off the network's new reality series earlier than planned. With so many of the regularly scheduled shows cooling on the back burner until the strike is over, reality TV will rule the airwaves in the new year.

Tonight's first episode of The Celebrity Apprentice brings together 14 celebrities who seem to have only their fame in common. The actors, athletes, and musicians are challenged with oh-so-curious street meat in their initial challenge. As hot dog vendors, the "candidates" rally to earn the most money (for charity) and don't hesitate to use their fame to their advantage.

If you're wondering who I think has a chance,


It's difficult to say who my money is on for the series without seeing any hot dog vending. My first instinct was Marilu Henner, because I had a strange affinity for Taxi reruns as a kid, but after reading Gene Simmons' fascinating bio, I think I'll prematurely back his Apprentice ambitions.

I'm keeping in mind that the celebrities' bios are like resumes — they're fine for making preconceived judgments, but you never really know what you're in for until you see a person in action. Will you be tuning in to the latest reality adventure?

Photo courtesy of NBC

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