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Celebrity Apprentice – Week 9 (The Celebrity Room)

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on May 22, 2010

This week the show started out with a twist. On the last episode Sharon Osborne and Maria Kanellis both stated how much they disliked Curtis Stone. So The Donaldator put Curtis on their team (RockSolid) and put Bret Michaels on Team Tenacity. The task was to decorate an apartment (in 24 hours!) and have a creative celebrity room. This task saw Sharon Osborne vs Holly Robinson-Peete (reluctantly) again as project managers.

Team Tenacity decided on colors for the apartment and Holly gave Cindy Lauper the celebrity room to keep her a bit occupied. Bret Michaels repeatedly had to reel Cindy in when she started yelling at the workers. Holly loved the help dealing with Cindy then… Bret had to leave the show to perform in a concert. Before Bret left he took some pictures of the New York skyline and had them blown up for wall art. Holly spearheaded the idea for a minty green New York Zen theme to the apartment with a red celebrity room. Cindy was to do all of the other creative decorating in that room. She felt to need to make the room exciting.

Team RockSolid appeared to start out in the hole. Curtis felt that he had to prove his likability to his new team and Maria though that Curtis was out to get her. Sharon felt that Maria was too young and inexperienced to be of use so she sent Maria on the non-creative task working away from the team for much of the task. RockSolid was behind in time for much of the task and it didn’t help that Sharon decided to repaint one of the rooms at the last-minute. Curtis made the kitchen look homey and then there was the mad dash to get rid of the wrapper and trash that was left behind from decorating.

Earlier, Bret’s pictures had arrived in the wrong sizes so he had to send them back and get the right sizes. He just completed putting them up when the judges came. The judges inspected their apartment then went to inspect Team Tenacity’s then reported their findings to The Donaldgizer.

In the Boardroom it was revealed that Team RockSolid’s celebrity room fell short and was just an average room but they did a great job making the apartment look more roomy than it was. Team Tenacity’s room missed the Zen mark but Cindy’s celebrity room was outstanding and Bret’s pictures were great. It was announced that Team RockSolid was Rock Solid and that they won the task.  RockSolid was dismissed then the drama began.

Holly and Bret thought that Cindy should have been the Project Manager and that she was very hard to work with. It was mentioned that the judges loved Cindy’s room and though it was the best one in the apartment. Cindy said the gloves are off and start going in on Holly. Bret sat there while Holly defended herself. The argument boiled down to Cindy being difficult to work with. Bret, being silent, almost led to him being fired. He came under fire for leaving then for not having the toughness to compete. He finally stood up for himself and said that Cindy needed to be fired. As much as the Judges liked Cindy’s room she admitted that the room was Holly’s idea thereby giving the credit for the compliments to Holly. The Don-miester promptly fired Cindy and cleared the boardroom.

I have said all season long that these celebrities don’t get it! They just don’t know how to operate in the boardroom, even this late in the game. The argument that Holly should have made is this.  Since the Judges loved Cindy’s room so much… if she would have stepped up to be the Project Manager then maybe her signature would have been all over the apartment and Team Tenacity would have won. Holly didn’t want to be Project Manager in the first place so her first line of defense should have been to hold Cindy responsible for not stepping up.

This week, Mr. Trump-o-matic… you fired the right person for a flimsy argument when a good one was there to be voiced. Not your fault but still… you’re safe this week.

Celebrity Apprentice – Week 8 (Do it live!)

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on May 16, 2010

Week 8 Started with both teams intact from the prior week. In Week 7 no one was fired but The Trumpster promised to fire someone this week.  The teams were given their tasks.  They were to create and perform a live commercial for three different home repair companies. Bret Michaels once again stepped up to become the Project Manager for RockSolid. Summer Sanders became the Project Manager for Team Tenacity.

Both Teams met with the executives and received the guidelines for the commercials. The executives were very professional and straight laced. When asked about comedy appearing in the commercial they were not interested and felt that comedy didn’t really have a place for their line of work. Bret Michaels threw that out of the window and incorporated a butt crack pun in the plumbing commercial. When the executives heard that commercial they were not amused.

Team Tenacity wanted to incorporate Cindy Laupers singing in the commercials. While making the commercials Cindy’s voice started bothering her and Tenacity had to rely on the back-up singer for the rehearsals.  Summer created some commercials that had a great deal of information about the company.  Curtis Stone mention that he thought that the commercials were a bit copy heavy. Cindy came through at the end and was able to perform for the live spots. The executives were very happy as they listened to Team Tenacity’s spots. The execs went to report to The Donald who they thought won and the teams were brought into the boardroom.

In the boardroom RockSolids commercials were played first.  Bret was grilled about using the crack comment when the execs said they didn’t want any comedy at a plumbers expense. Bret defended his position and stood by his decision. Tenacity’s commercials were played next. Donald Trump though that the commercials were too wordy and that sentiment was echoed by the executives. The execs also wanted to hear more of Cindy’s voice in the spots. Curtis was asked what he though about RockSolids spots and he gave a very structured and intelligent critique. Sharon Osborne and Marie Kanellis took exception to Curtis’ remarks. They said that Curtis was smug and mocked his being Australian. Maria even went as far as to say she wanted to punch him (Kinda of worrying coming from a professional wrestler.)

Trumpomatic asked Summer what would she like for him to say. Summer said that she would like to hear him say that Tenacity were the winners but Trump said that he could not say that because RockSolid were the winners. RockSolid was dismissed then Tenacity was grilled about the creation of the commercial and who contributed the most. Summer took some heat for her delegation of the task and for not defending herself in the boardroom. This ultimately led to Summer being fired.

The show is almost to the season finale and these celebrities still do not know how to handle being in the boardroom. Curtis Stone so far is the only one that holds people accountable for what they did or didn’t do. His weakness is the fire needed to state his case more forcefully during the task and in the boardroom.

Donald you get a thumbs up this week.

Celebrity Apprentice – Week 7 (Reorganization)

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on May 12, 2010

“RockSolid, you’ve hit rock bottom. The women have kicked your ass… you know that!” – Donald Trump

This week finds RockSolid down to only two team member vs Tenacity’s having seven. Donald Trump moved Curtis Stone to Tenacity and moved Sharon Osborne and Maria Kanellis to RockSolid.  Both teams immediately took on a new vibe with RockSolid being a more loose and fun team and Tenacity being more structured and focused.  The task was to create a celebrity fitness class for Derek Jeter’s 24 Hour Fitness and to raise the most money for charity. This would have been well suited for Goldberg had he not made the mistake the week before and gotten himself fired. Sharon Osborne was selected to be the Project Manager for RockSolid and Holly Robinson Peete was selected for Tenacity.

Bret Michaels was at the heart of the fitness program. Their class was called the RockStar Celebrity Bootcamp. All the moves were edgy and had names of things that happen in the world of a rock stars such as Groupie Thrust and the Tour Bus Thrust to name a few. Curtis Stone and Summer Sanders were the driving force behind the fitness program for Tenacity. Cindy Lauper had to leave for the first part of the task for an event with Lady Gaga leaving Tenacity short one team member.

RockSolid’s operation was very loose. Sharon allowed for the team to just work as things fell into place. Ideas were flowing from Bret and Maria and they just pulled together and created a very entertaining fitness class. Sharon retained the responsibility for the fundraising. Team Tenacity worked with more structure. Deadlines, follow-up, delegation and Holly was responsible for the fundraising. 24 Hour Fitness was offering $24,000 to the team with the best original concept.

Both Project Managers were stressed about their donors ability to give money on such short notice. Ozzy Osborne was the guest host on WWE Raw during that time and Sharon was able to raise $30,000 from the WWE. Later she received another large donation of $25,000. Holly had been sweating about her $50,000 donation from Ron Burkel. It finally came through at the last-minute.

RockSolid conducted their classes and they were very active and fun while Tenacity’s class were structured and fundamental. In the boardroom Donald asked each team if they thought that they won. Each though that the other won for various reasons. Holly thought that Sharon had the advantage of having very rich friend that could donate a lot of money. Holly was asked, rhetorically if she thought that she had an advantage because of her yearly fundraising efforts.

RockSolid won the $24,000 from 24 Hour Fitness. and the amount was added to their fundraising effort making a total of $131,000. Tenacity was a little worried. Their total was announced as $206,000 so Tenacity won! After all the worrying Holly beat Sharon at a fundraising task.

Trump went on to needle everyone in the room on who should be fired. He asked everyone. He didn’t even dismiss the winning team. Trump said he wanted to fire somebody like a dog. No one was thrown under the bus but Holly snitched to Trump that Sharon said that she didn’t want to be there anymore. Sharon was ready to be fired when suddenly Donald Trump said that he was not going to fire anyone for such an across the board good job.

All the money raised went to the winning Project Managers charity so Holly’s received nearly $350,000. This was the largest amount of money raised outside of a final episode for a single task. The benevolent Trumpster allows everyone to stay for another week.  My evaluation of Trumpomatic… Nice!

Celebrity Apprentice – Week 6 (A Costly Mistake)

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on May 8, 2010

It will be hard to not foreshadow what happens in this episode as I introduce the task. Trace Adkins from season 1 of Celebrity Apprentice was the guest judge of the task.  He introduced the task to make-over two country artist.  Cindy Lauper jumped at the opportunity to make over a country artist for Team Tenacity. Bill Goldberg stepped up to be the Project Manager since everyone on his team had been the Project Manager at least once except him.  Donald Trump asked why not Bret Michaels for this task and Goldberg stated his case.

The two teams started by listening to the music of each artist and then met the artist.  The two artist were Emily West and Luke Bryan. Cindy fell in love with Emily and Bret called some music industry insiders for additional background. Both Tenacity and RockSolid met up to debate over which artist they wanted to work with. Tenacity chose Emily and without conflict RockSolid chose Luke.

Cindy started off being closed minded towards many of her team members and throughout the task she wouldn’t take any advice from anyone. Sharon Osborne was still out sick but when she returned Cindy only took advice from Sharon.  Maria Kanellis and Holly Robinson Peete were both trying to assist in the task but were not given the opportunity to do much to help the project.

Goldberg delegated much of the task to Bret Michaels because Bret is in the music business.  In usual form Bret was all over the place with ideas on how to make over their artist. Team RockSolid seemed to have little conflict accomplishing this task. Cindy Lauper was very difficult to work with for many of the teammates. Maria repeatedly attempted to assist in doing something, which just kept pissing Cindy off.

The artist makeovers were completed and both Luke and Emily had interviews and performed with their new persona. Pete Fisher from the Grand Ole Opry, Cynthia Sands from People Country Magazine and Mike Colota a country DJ judged the interview and performances of the two artist and tallied their results. In the boardroom Cindy went after Maria for her part as a stylist for Emily and Maria went right back at Cindy for changing what she had done. Cindy kept after Maria and Maria fired back by saying that her childhood idol Cindy Lauper was being mean.

The results of the judges were presented. Tenacity won! The Judges though highly of RockSolids work but it just wasn’t enough to win the task.

Goldberg as the Project Manager stated that he delegated most of the task to Bret Michaels.  Goldberg dug a hole that he could not get out of. He argued that he became the Project Manager because he felt it was his turn to step up. Bret and Curtis both thought that Bret should be fired because he handled most of the task. In the end Donald Trump fired Goldberg because he should not have been the Project Manager in the first place.

This was an easy one for The Donald and the way most things will go in a losing task. Project was a success… team loses… Project Manager gets fired.  Good Job Donald! This was an easy decision but the right decision.

Note: Trace Adkins did not initially agree with the Trumpster until he explained the Goldberg should not have been the Project Manager.

Celebrity Apprentice – Week 5 (Da Funk!)

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on May 8, 2010

Week 5 finds the teams of Tenacity and RockSolid doing two promotional spots for Right Guard Total Defense 5. Team Tenacity chose Holly Robinson Peete as the Project Manager and RockSolid chose Curtis Stone. The teams met with the executives from Right Guard and they instructed both teams of the 13 – 18 male demographic they wanted to target.

Team Tenacity started off short-handed because Sharon Osborn was ill and Cindy Lauper had an engagement in Washington D.C.  Holly had a concept to base the commercial around “The First Moments of Funk” a time when a mother first notices that her son is funky. Scottie Pippen was the celebrity for the “First Moments of Funk” commercial and the women made him the “Funky Godfather.”  Cindy phoned in a suggestion from D.C. but most of the team blew off Cindy’s ideas. When she returned she was allowed to assist by helping make the jingle better. The first commercial was entertaining as was the second but the second one was a condensed edit of the first.

Bret Michaels of Team RockSolid immediately came up with a concept that Curtis decided to go with. Clyde Drexler was the Celebrity for the RockSolid spot.  The concept was that two teens won Clyde for the day and they were trying to make him funky. When filming began RockSolid began to feel as though the concept was too much to film in the alloted time. Bret Michaels kept changing the concept then Curtis made a decision to stay with the first concept. RockSolid’s first commercial was funny and on target and the second one was entertaining.

In the boardroom both teams commercials were shown. Donald Trump informed the teams that the Right Guard executives liked RockSolids spots better because they targeted the right demographic. RockSolid was dismissed from the boardroom.

Members of Team Tenacity started to identify where they went wrong and started “throwing each other under the bus.” Holly brought Maria Kanellis and Selita Ebanks back into the boardroom.  Holly and Maria argued for a while and Selita just sat there.  She was under attack at times but didn’t defend herself. Maria was being blamed for the editing of the spots and audio but deflected the attack back to Holly for not following up on the project when asked to do so.  In the end Selita was fired for not being a strong competitor and not defending herself.

What this group of celebrities still have not understood about the boardroom is that it is about accountability. That is the best argument to have in the boardroom. Selita appears to still be in the nice nice mode thus she got fired when it should have probably been Holly as the Project Manager for not targeting the right demographic.

Donald Trump this weeks decision was a bit harder.  Again the Project Manager screwed up the overall concept but Selita did not defend herself in the board room.  So Donald Trump you are safe this week.

Note:  Michael Johnson had an emergency and had to leave the show this week.

Celebrity Apprentice – Week 2

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on March 29, 2010

I did not post immediately after the last episode because I was not inspired to report it right away.  I must report on it before I post on week three so here goes.

Week two Celebrity Apprentice came and went.  One thing that I love about this show is how the product placement is utilized as a prop for the task.  This week the product was Kodak.  Both teams had a task similar to one from last season. Re-brand the Kodak moment.   It would seem that both teams did not watch last seasons Kodak branding episode or they totally forgot the success that both teams had last year.  It doesn’t matter because early on the winner was determined.

Maria of WWE fame was the Projet manager for Tenacity.  She did a great job of corralling the women together to execute a near flawless branding project.  They allowed for customers to have “The Championship Experience.”  The experience was great.  The chaos for team Tenacity was with the customers receiving their pictures.

Sinbad led RockSolid as Project Manager. I have argued in the past the TRUE creatives make lousy manager / leaders most of the time.  Sinbad was the epitome of my argument.  A great comedic mind and a great guy that did not want to offend anyone (including the printer that messed up the order,) Sinbad was a car wreck as Project Manager.  Team RockSolids high points were first… that they pulled it off. Second, customers taking pictures with celebrities in their own sports or field was great.  Sinbad just didn’t cover all bases and properly brand THE PRODUCT.  The idea to allow customers to receive their pictures online was great but the secret shoppers were not told were to retrieve their pictures. Many of the customers that were told where to download their pictures still didn’t receive their pictures online. The items that Kodak was interested in selling was on a display table and appeared to be separate from the rest of the function.

The boardroom proved to be very predictable.  Team Tenacity won their task even though the customers could not get their pictures very easily. Again Cindy Lauper seemed to be the poison pill on team Tenacity.  Sinbad brought Rod Blagojovich and Brett Michaels back into the boardroom.  Even before Trumps interrogation it was clear that Sinbad would get fired.  And fired he was.

This episode exposed Brett Michaels as a bit emotional.  Cindy Lauper as well.  Michaels has this “Everyone is out to get me” complex and Lauper is just an irritating sweetheart.  She so sweet but waste so much time with the unnecessary gibber jabber.

Mr. Trump this one was easy for you.  This group of celebrities for the most part have refused to take this  game seriously.  There is no reason to go all Omarosa on each other but no one is REALLY standing up for themselves or highlighting the teams shortcomings.  This “I wanna be nice to my teammate” attitude will wear off and your job will become harder in the coming weeks.

This week Trump… Your Safe!

Celebrity Apprentice Week 1 – Guess who I’d fire.

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on March 15, 2010

One of the few reality shows that I really enjoy started this week. The Apprentice. Of course this year is the return of the Celebrity version of the show. Doesn’t it seem that during the recession that Donald Trump would bring back the regular version of the show and give someone a job? Maybe not. That’s ok though.  I don’t want to see any more Omarosa’s running around out there.

The first episode of the Apprentice had me shouting at the TV again for almost two hours. The show started with a twist. Each team had to pick the others Project Manager for the first task.  It was funny that Bret Michaels knew that he would be picked to be the Project Manager by other team.  Michaels said that he would be picked because they think that he’s been stoned since the third grade. Funny! They did pick him but it was because he had only one hour of sleep.  I think that was a mistake.  The obvious person to pick to lead the men’s team was Rod Blagojevich.  This guy is a disaster waiting to happen. It was funny to see him go back to that “I do not recall” line from his hearings. The men’s team picked Cindy Lauper to be the Project Manager.  Next they each chose names for their teams.  Tenacity v Rock Solid.  The men thought about Rock Hard but stuck with Rock Solid instead (Good Job Bill Goldberg.)

Next was the event.  Operate a Deli, raise money for charity.  Team Rock Solid’s first mistakes was the deli menu.  Hamburgers started out at $100 and they served Truffles. AT A DELI?!  Howevery, Darryl Strawberry proved to be an asset. I’m not sure where he ranked as far as money made but he was in charge of getting big money people in the door.  Chef Curtis Stone’s idea to serve truffles in a deli was WAY out there. A great moment happened when Chef Stone had second thoughts about the menu but Michaels as the Project Manager manned up, grabbed his balls and made a decision to stay with the program. This could save Stone in the boardroom if Rock Solid doesn’t win.  But they did win.

Wait a minute. I mentioned the mens team mistakes yet they won. How did that happen. Team Tenacity REALLY didn’t have  mistakes. They ran a near flawless operation.  Simple, Rock Solid had many more big money donors (Good Job Straw!) But what surprised me more than anything was what happened in the board room.

In the board room the losing team sat before Donald Trump. No one could decide on who should be fired. Carol Leifer was singled out for staying out side too long trying to get customers in when they had a line around the block.  But that was the only negative thing about the entire operation. Cindy Lauper couldn’t pick two people to stay in the board room with her so the entire team stayed (bad move.)

If an operation works flawlessly and the employees do well… The supervisors catch shortcoming and fix the situation… and the overall function of the event is successful what do you judge on? NUMBERS! Tenacity won a $10,000 bonus from Joan Rivers judging of the event and still got beat by $20,000.  In business it is about numbers. Profits. Cost. Labor. Same Store sales, ect. If the team succeeds but the organization fails whose to blame? THE BOSS!!!  MANAGERS – ARE – EXPENDABLE!  Run a good operation, don’t make numbers, you gotta go. So why the hell did Donald Trump fire Carol Leifer over Cindy Lauper?  Lauper couldn’t make a decision on who to bring into the boardroom. Bad move. It just worked out for her because Trump appeared flustered and just went with that ole gut instead of that ole head.

Sorry that you got fired Carol. If it’s any consolation Donald Trump you are not fired but… You are on probation!!!