I know I wrote a post about how awful most reality shows are- especially ones featuring "celebrities" competing in a challenge, but "Celebrity Apprentice" gets it right. Here is why...
1. The Challenges - while some of the challenges are just about who has the wealthiest friends, other challenges are about which celebrities are creative, intelligent and good with people. So far Jesse James seems to have all 3 of these qualities. He knows how to use his skills to help each challenge and even though the men lost 3 out of 4 challenges so far - he hasn't been blamed for anything - if anything he is the only one that consistently comes up with great ideas (who would have thought?).
2. The Celebrities - this years mix of celebrities are so much fun. Dennis Rodman, Joan & Melissa Rivers, Khloe Kardashian, T-boz in the same room? It sure makes for some entertaining television. Dennis Rodman continually plays the victim card even though he does nothing but drink vodka & cranberry and talk about what an amazing person he is (just ask Michael Jordan), Melissa Rivers and poker champion Annie Duke compete for power in the bitchiest ways, while Khloe fixes her hair and stairs blankly while the others do all the work. The other welcomed surprise (besides Jesse) is Brande Rodderick, a Playboy Playmate who successfully balances being a gorgeous blond and an intelligent woman at the same time (crazy, right?).
3. Ivanka Trump - speaking of gorgeous, intelligent blonds- Ivanka shines. Yes, she has been given everything she has ever wanted, but you can tell she takes her job seriously and she is appreciative of her life. She always has insightful things to say, plus she dresses professional and appropriate, but still fun and youthful. Why isn't she the choice role model for young girls?
4. It raises money for charity - Unlike the other celeb-reality shows (Dancing with the Stars!), this show actually has a purpose. Every week any money that is earned goes to the PM's favorite charity. So even when the show seems like self-absorbed celebrities calling friends to buy a $10,000 wedding dress, at least it's all for a good cause.