“The Celebrity Apprentice” is lite psychological fun

Bored at work so I decided to check in on the new “Celebrity Apprentice”. Let’s just say that Sinbad does not age. Must have a few cases of orange hair dye if anything. Sharon Osbourne doesn’t come off sounding as racy or sassy with the presence of Cyndi Lauper.

Lauper fills the role that Joan Rivers did in the previous season. No filter before speaking, or just what the Donald would want after the final edit. The spontaneous artist having to conform in a business type setting; it’s actually kind of fascinating TV.

Then onto BLAGO. This guy is a comic book character right out of MAD magazine, or at least the grownup version of Alfred E. Neuman, the MAD figure that always donned the cover. It’s like he’s so caught up in himself and the fact that he was once governor, you cannot sense anything more than an empty suit just spouting political rhetoric whenever the Donald turns to him for his opinion. Like there’s a lever behind his neck that rapidly switches from “phony” to “ultra phony”.

There’s one scene where BLAGO is out on the streets of New York and the subtitles read, “You’re a disgrace.” as some 9-5 New Yorker gets his air time off camera. Rod is just relentless in trying to find love from anyone, shamelessly shaking hands and shining that goofy grin everywhere. A group of girls even mistaken him for Donny Osmond. It’s just trainwreck TV. Like Trump paid Rod a decent sum to appear on the show, just as long as he played up the beaten down politician that has to live like everyone else. “Rod here’s how it’s gonna go down. (three pickles in my mouth squint, squint.) The Tea party movement is big, and a big part of our projected Demo. I’ll allude to you as governor, but our camera guys already know where they want to shoot, to get you in some compromising positions..This sound good Rod?” – “Yea sounds great Donald, I’m just so happy to be on your show and finally clear my name…”

Sinbad got shit canned because he could never articulate himself as a leader. I think it’s just reflective with how comedians are much better at being reactive than proactive.

 Do you even remember the last Sinbad CD or HBO special? Sinbad is like Whoopi Goldberg, really not funny in any way, but recognizable. An American Symbol the people UNDERSTAND. I suppose most TV is built around a recognizibility factor that is important for a sense of nostalgia? Content takes the backseat to the overall “feel” of what’s being taped, especially with network TV. Although Sinbad does seem like one of the nicest guys in Showbiz and just comes across as extremely genuine.

Brett Michaels is one of the few “rock stars” that has really used the TV medium to his advantage. And it’s funny when you can pout your way through an episode, crying to the group leader that you have nothing to do. He’s a great actor though, I’d even see him in a “Wrestler” type movie, just not as serious. I’m almost looking forward to the next episode tomorrow night.

I’ve got to say, The Donald has his hooks in me. Boy can he sell, sell, sell. Although that smug squint he’s so famous for is getting tighter and tighter. Is that just what compounded bullshit and ego looks like after years of wheelin and dealin?

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