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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Makes Surprise Appearance At Steve Mnuchin Confirmation Hearing

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Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. Mnuchin built his reputation and his fortune as a savvy Wall Street investor but critics charge that he profited from thousands of home foreclosures as the chief of a sub-prime mortgage lender during the housing collapse
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Donald Trump’s former starring vehicle The Celebrity Apprentice made a dramatic cameo appearance at today’s confirmation hearing for Steve Mnuchin. The former finance director for Trump's presidential campaign — who also is a former partner in Goldman Sachs, former co-owner of One West Bank and a producer of Hollywood movies — is Trump’s appointment for Treasury Secretary. When it was Sen. Claire McCaskill’s turn to take a crack at Mnuchin, she asked: “Would you agree… Read


Former A&E GM David McKillop Sets Up Shop At Jupiter/Sky Vision

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EXCLUSIVE: Former top A&E and History executive David McKillop, who developed and put on the air such hit series as Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars, has signed an in-house deal with distributors Jupiter and Sky Vision to develop and produce new series. Under the pact, Europa, McKillop's independent production company, will be housed in Jupiter's Manhattan offices. In addition to projects already in development at the History Channel, Discovery Communications and two Jupiter… Read


‘O.J.,’ ‘The Voice’ & ‘Last Week Tonight’ Among NATPE Reality Awards Winners


The National Association of Television Program Executives has announced the winners of its third annual Reality Breakthrough Awards, and it certainly is a wide-ranging lot. Among the honorees revealed today at the NATPE conference in Miami were the Oscar-shortlisted O.J.: Made in America as Best Documentary, The Voice as Best Reality Competition and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as Best Factual Entertainment. Bob Saget hosted the awards show, where programs and… Read


Reality Producers Rank Best & Worst Basic Cable Companies To Work With


History and A&E are far and away the best basic cable channels for producers to work with, according to a first-of-its-kind survey of independent reality TV producers. By contrast, says the survey, BET and WE tv are the worst. The survey, sponsored by the Non-Fiction Producers Association, polled members and non-members alike to determine the rankings of 23 cable outlets in six major areas of concern to producers: executive creativity and dedication to the creative… Read


Governator Bows Before President-Elect In ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Ratings – But Why?

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President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter tirade about Celebrity Apprentice ratings this morning caused the knotted and combined locks of industry pundits to stand on end as they attempted to decode and decipher. Did Trump, as some have suggested, lob another bright shiny light to distract media outlets from his scheduled meeting with intelligence leaders about their reports on Russia's election interference, which Trump has called hooey intended to discredit his win?   Or… Read


Arnold Schwarzenegger Responds To Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Ratings Takedown

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'The New Celebrity Apprentice' TV series press conference, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Dec 2016

The New Celebrity Apprentice host Arnold Schwarzenegger this morning took the high road after his executive producer, aka POTUS-elect Donald Trump, took to Twitter to savage his performance in the ratings. Trump took time out from forming his cabinet, dismantling Obamacare, and pounding out a plan to finance the wall “Mexico” is going to pay for,  to note, in the third person: “Wow the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to… Read


Donald Trump Savages Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Ratings, Blames Clinton Endorsement For Slide

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Donald Trump who, in addition to being the next president of the United States, remains executive producer of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, this morning gleefully savaged the show’s latest season launch stats. This is believed to mark the first time a TV series EP has taken to Twitter to celebrate his show’s lousy numbers, but many things Trump does these days are “firsts”: Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got "swamped" (or destroyed) by comparison to… Read


True Entertainment & Original Media Reality Production Companies To Merge


Endemol Shine North America subsidiaries True Entertainment (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) and Original Media (Ink Master) will be merging into Truly Original, a new full-service, fully integrated production banner for both scripted and unscripted programming. It will be run by True Entertainment co-founders Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who have served as co-presidents and co-CEOs of both companies since April 2015. They will continue in the same capacity at Truly… Read


Joel McHale Torches ‘The Bachelor’ During ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Post Premiere

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Joel McHale was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Lives first primetime post-Bachelor premiere show. McHale was slated to talk about hosting the People’s Choice Awards on January 18. But first, the former The Soup star took down The Bachelor: Among his observations, McHale snarked of participants, “They pretend they want to fall in love and, what's even more scary, they think they will actually find it.” Also, “Chris [Harrison], the host, he is just always on the verge of bursting… Read


Arnold Schwarzenegger To Carnie Wilson & Carrie Keagan: “You’re Terminated”


Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed his version of Donald Trump’s “You’re fired” Celebrity Apprentice catchphrase tonight, dismissing contestants Carrie Keagan and Carnie Wilson with the no-brainer “You’re terminated.” The Terminator star, former California governor and one-time Mr. Universe debuted his closely guarded – but unsurprising – catchphrase midway through tonight’s two-hour New Celebrity Apprentice premiere on NBC, dismissing Bravo talk show host and Sharknado 4… Read


Jimmy Kimmel To Host First Primetime ‘JKL’ Post-‘Bachelor’ Premiere Special


Jimmy Kimmel will host a Bachelor-themed primetime special on January 2, following the premiere of the new season of ABC's reality competition series The Bachelor. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Here for the Right Reasons will air at 10 PM ET. While Kimmel’s late night show and ABC’s The Bachelor franchise have had a love affair for many seasons now, and fans look forward to Kimmel’s premiere-night prediction as to who will get the final rose, this marks the first ever primetime JKL B… Read


A&E Defends KKK Docuseries After Ellen Pompeo Calls For Boycott

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A&E Network is defending its upcoming Ku Klux Klan docuseries Generation KKK, following a slew of angry tweets about the project from Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo. Pompeo wasted no words expressing her distaste for the upcoming eight-part show. In a series of tweets, she suggested boycotting A&E over the docuseries and called network execs “desperate” and “pathetic.” The docuseries, which was announced Monday, follows four prominent Klan families who have a relative… Read