Celebrity Apprentice, "Muggles and Wizards": goofy music of destiny

Quick Take: Celebrity Apprentice, "Muggles and Wizards"
Like the wizards of the Potterverse, Rod Blagojevich knows not the ways of muggle technologies.


Review: Celebrity Apprentice, "Muggles and Wizards"
(S0304) Once again, my theory has proved true: when the editors choose to play goofy playful music behind a celebrity during the task (see: the now not-so-sadly departed Sinbad), that person is destined to get fired by the fire-y magic wand of one Donald Trump.

So it was when former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich nodded off on his flight back from a magical trip to Universal Studios Orlando and a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the crazily expensive and ambitious theme part attraction: there came the goofy music of destiny, and the rest, as they say, was preordained.

Now, to the editors' credit, the Rod nod off sesh was fairly indicative of this week's Rock Solid project manager's management "style," if you could call it such. It was painfully obvious that the former governor of one of the largest states in the States ran on a policy of hands off/fly by the seat of your guv pants/delegate delegate delegate/what're we doing again? style-type style. And the fact that he had no idea how to use a computer, text message, or e-mail (yes, seriously) hurt his ability to communicate with the team while he was away on his trip.

Here's another theory: I believe that Blago was "set up" a bit as this was the first time in Celebrity Apprentice history that the project managers were sent off by themselves to visit an off-site location while the project teams back home were left to take direction from afar. It's been well set up that Blagojevich was a technophobe so this was a perfect payoff. How's that for playing into the governor's theories of persecution and being railroaded out of office!

So while Bret Michaels made a valiant effort to run things creatively on the home front for the men (but note to Bret: seriously dude, do you think you could have changed out of your post-Poison rocker guy outfit while presenting The Wizarding World to the kids and the Universal execs?) they were clearly outmatched at several levels by the efficient, ambitious, and energetic women's team.

I keep thinking that the women's team is on the edge of implosion, but their continued winning streak – at three weeks and running now – has prevented it thus far. I think a lot of the credit, if but in a quiet but powerful way, goes to Sharon Osbourne. She continues to impress in her ability to keep it (very) real with the ladies, quelling power struggles and keeping the girls from ganging up on the often OCD-ish Cyndi Lauper.

While the ladies can tend to squabble and no doubt the claws will come out when the eventually lose again, they are a fairly competent bunch all told and put together a tight concept that was well executed this week under the project manager-ship of Selita Ebanks. (The men's 3D interactive exhibit can basically be boiled down to wrestler Goldberg in a tree outfit yelling at kids in a smoky room.)

In essence this was an episode that knocked off some more dead weight in the form of a scandal-ridden former governor who can't text message, e-mail, or manage a team of celebrities in a marketing/PR challenge.

Other thoughts on this week's Celeb Apprentice:

  • I found it nearly insulting when Trump established that the mark of being technically savvy was the ability to e-mail and text message. If that's tech savvy, what does… oh, never mind.
  • Blagojevich so clearly and obviously made a fatal mistake in not picking Bret Michaels to come back into the boardroom for the final "you're fired" round that everyone in the room knew it… except for Blago himself. Trump practically begged him for it, to stir up any shred of potential drama.
  • The two he did pick, Michael Johnson and Curtis Stone, are probably the two most articulate and well reasoned people left on the team. Not a good choice again, governor.
  • This is a show of product placement galore, so it was nice to see a very cool one at least this week!

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  • E! Online: If it weren't for Bret Michaels and Goldberg, Rod's team would have no brains at all.
  • The Watcher: In a conference call with members of the media on Tuesday, Blagojevich, who was ejected on Sunday from "The Celebrity Apprentice," said he's got another "potential" reality show in the works and he's said he's also participating in a documentary. 
  • Herald-Review: So we get to watch quasi-celebrities be “real people” (sorry – had to pull the quotation marks back out) and fail as spectacularly as you or I might if assigned the same task. Yippee. To me, that’s not entertainment. To me, entertainment would be watching Goldberg rehearse a wrestling match, or Cyndi Lauper decide on a set list, or Sharon Osbourne negotitate a few extra bucks from some promoter.
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