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THE NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
January 9, 2017  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
This is a warning, not a recommendation. The first installment in this show’s new iteration, which features former California governor and Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new host, and retains former host Donald Trump in the credits as an executive producer, was televised last week. There were two big battles in last week’s bloated season premiere, and the men’s team, including Jon Lovitz and Boy George, won both of them. Now, with 11 days to go until Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States, The New Celebrity Apprentice presents its second installment  – and already has its critics, complaining of the show’s ratings and new host. Among those critics: Donald Trump, even though he’s still drawing a paycheck from this new version.
 
 
 
 
 
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Ross H. Munro
Much appreciated. Let's have more warnings like this -- when you've been able to view enough installments of a new show to convince you it's a stinker or when an old but consistently mediocre show begins a new season without any signs that it might improve. Think of the tens of thousands of hours you can save your fellow Americans.
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