The Celebrity Apprentice

Last night capped off three amazing finales on Global with Glee concluding its second season with 1.8 million viewers (Ind. 2+, national). The award-winning hit series took no prisoners, winning nationally and in all three metered markets as the #1 entertainment show in its time period (Adults 18-49).

House fans didn’t take a holiday on Monday with 2.4 million tuning in for the action packed finale (Ind. 2+, national). The fan favourite medical drama outshone the competition, winning the night nationally in the key Adult 18-49 demo, beating CBC’s NHL Playoffs Round 3 by 12% and CTV’s Dancing With The Stars by 40%. House also outdid the competition in the three metered markets (A18-49).

And finally…the Donald’s still got it! The Celebrity Apprentice wrapped its most wacky season yet Sunday night, bringing in 1.3 million (Ind. 2+, national) and increasing in viewership by 20% compared to last year’s spring finale (A18-49, national).

Fans who missed the season finales for Glee, House and The Celebrity Apprentice can log onto GlobalTV.com at anytime to stream the complete episode, or on their Global Video App, available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or at www.itunes.ca/appstore.

Source: BBM Canada PPM Data – 2009/2010(Sept 9/09 – Dec 9/09, Apr 13-Jun 8/10), 2010/2011 (Sept 21 – Dec 19/10, Feb 6 – May 24/11) Ind 2+ unless otherwise noted, Prime Time 8-11pm, based on confirmed and overnight data.

The Celebrity Apprentice has named its winner for 2011.

Country musician John Rich has taken out the title this year ahead of fellow finalist Marlee Matlin.

Rich has been competing for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organisation that supports children with cancer.

Donald Trump said of Rich: “John, from the beginning you’ve been a leader. You’ve been strong, you’ve been smart, you’ve been sharp, I just can’t ask for anything more.

“Over the years, I’ve had some tough decisions, but I think this is going to be the toughest one… you’ve both been amazing.”

Trump also announced that throughout the course of the show, the contestants had raised almost $3 million, which is a record for the show.

Source: Digital Spy

Sunday, May 22 – 9pm ET/PT *Two-hour Season Finale* on Global

For their final task, the remaining two celebrities stage their retro-soda events, resulting in not-so-bubbly dramas and developments. One finalist seemingly lacks direction and the other finalist’s event is jeopardized by an awkward moment. Then, Donald Trump names the winning celebrity.

Sunday May 8 – 8pm ET/PT *Three-Hour Episode* on Global

The teams have two challenges this week. First, the celebrities must produce and sell tickets to a live comedy show, but it’s no laughing matter when one team member disappears and a celebrity is eliminated. The second challenge involves creating a 60-second promotional video for a navigation system, which sparks bickering among one team. Catch one of the season’s biggest boardroom battles where Trump sends another celebrity packing.

“Australian Gold”, Sunday, April 10 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

This week, the celebrities must create a public marketing event for Australian Gold, using a 10ft x 10ft glass box. One project manager dreams up an imaginative theme, but its implementation is hijacked by an unruly team member. Meanwhile, another project manager makes a risky last-minute creative change that could put the team in jeopardy. Later, in the boardroom, Donald Trump fires another celebrity.

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Born January 7, 1974, in Amarillo, Texas, John Rich first found mainstream success in the country band Lonestar as its bassist and occasional lead singer. But after recording two albums with the band, they parted ways in 1998.

After becoming somewhat disillusioned with the music industry, Rich co-founded a collective of musical outsiders known as the MuzikMafia, which began playing in the small Nashville bar called the Pub of Love. His like-minded companions included “Big Kenny” Alphin, Gretchen Wilson, James Otto and Jon Nicholson.

When Rich teamed with Big Kenny to form Big & Rich, they caught everybody by surprise with a double-platinum debut, driven by the hit “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Rich also co-wrote and produced Wilson’s award-winning anthem, “Redneck Woman,” as well as “Here for the Party” and “When I Think About Cheatin’.” His writing career continued to explode with cuts by Jason Aldean, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift along with many others.

Rich released his Warner Bros. Records solo debut in March of 2009, Son Of A Preacher Man, which spawned “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” becoming his first solo Top 15 single of his career on the country singles charts and is also the fastest-rising single of his career.

Its premiere airing on Detroit country radio stations galvanized the working class in the beleaguered blue-collar city, and the universality of its sentiment lit up phone lines across the country and made it the fastest-rising single of Rich’s storied career.

The song is a fitting kickoff to Son of a Preacher Man, an album that finds country music’s Renaissance Everyman giving full rein to his own creative voice in a project as personal as it is musically arresting. With its release, one of modern music’s most prolific and creative spirits opens yet another chapter, stepping into the front ranks of solo performers amid a career in musical partnerships and as someone whose songwriting and producing skills have helped shape the talents of others.

The record is a wide-ranging work, with songs ranging from the upbeat, riff-laden “Trucker Man” to “The Good Lord & The Man” and “Preacher Man,” poignant and personal looks at his grandfather and father, respectively; from the aching “Another You” and “I Don’t Want To Lose Your Love” to “Everybody Wants To Be Me,” a honky-tonk rocker fans will recognize as vintage Rich. Capping it all off is “Drive Myself To Drink,” a big band extravaganza that rates as pure musical adventure and which was recorded live.

Overall, the CD is a window into the creative approach of a unique musical stylist, a country music original whose high-profile celebrity status belies his humble origins and reflects his desire to pack everything into the life he lives and the art he creates.

Rich has garnered multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. He was also awarded the ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year Award in 2005, 2006 and 2007, has written 14 Top 10 singles and is the only artist in country music history to have a Top 15 release as a group, duo and solo artist.

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NeNe Leakes joins the cast of “The Celebrity Apprentice” after a dynamic third season on one of Bravo’s highly-rated reality show, “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” With her brassy, no-nonsense demeanor and “tell-it-like-it-is” attitude, the New York native quickly became the show’s breakout star and media darling.

Her accolades include:

· Voted as one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year

· Voted by People Magazine as Diva of the Season

· Voted by Entertainment Weekly‘s PopWatch blog as one of fall’s TV: 15 Stars to Watch (2008)

· Winner of Bravo A-List Award for Reality’s Guiltiest Pleasure (2009)

· Winner of Bravo’s A-list Award for Fan Favorite

Leakes is the author of “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice,” discussing her fractured childhood, abusive relationship, struggles with being a single mother, landing Mr. Right, and all the messy lessons she’s learned along the way. The memoir is an unapologetic, yet honest look at Leakes, as she spills the dirt about her life, addressing rumors and dishing on other housewives. Still, she manages to share some hard-earned and inspiring life lessons in her fierce, no-nonsense style. In this straight-talking and provocative memoir, Leakes is outrageous, captivating, and unafraid to tell it like it is as she shares her wild journey from a scandalous past to Atlanta’s high society to the pinnacle of reality television stardom.

Leakes has served as one of the guest panelists for the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine, “The Insider,” produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. She also joined Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic for the E! network’s “Live from the Red Carpet” coverage at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009. She was positioned above the action in the E! skybox alongside style expert Jay Manuel from “America’s Next Top Model.”

Leakes lends her time and energy, supporting various charity efforts. She is the founder of Twisted Hearts, a charity that brings awareness to the plight of domestic violence against women of all races. As a victim of domestic abuse, her mission is to offer a voice and support to assist those in need of help.

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When “Sugar Ray’s” breakthrough hit song “Fly” put them on the map in 1997, lead vocalist Mark McGrath was thrust into the public eye. It’s no doubt the band maintains its momentum due in no small part to the good looks, charisma and talent of its front man, Mark McGrath.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Southern California, McGrath first appeared with Sugar Ray (then known as the Shrinky Dinx) when he jumped on stage and grabbed the microphone. Two years later, in 1994, the band changed its name and landed a deal with Atlantic Records. Shortly after, in 1997, the band’s collaboration with reggae artist Super Cat resulted in the song “Fly,” which dominated the airwaves. Later that year, and following the success of their number-one hit, Sugar Ray released its second album, “Floored,” which went double-platinum. Sugar Ray’s success rocketed McGrath to pop-star status, as he graced the covers of “Rolling Stone” and “Spin.” He even made People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, named “Sexiest Rocker” in 1998.

After “Floored,” Sugar Ray released “14:59,” in reference to its fading “15 minutes of fame.” Ironically, the CD wound up outselling its predecessor, going triple-platinum with hit singles “Every Morning,” “Someday” and “Falls Apart.” Their success continued with the release of the self-titled album, “Sugar Ray,” which garnered the band it’s first-ever top-10 album.

McGrath has made guest appearances on the hit television dramas “Las Vegas” and “North Shore.” He has been featured on a number of MTV and VH1 programs, including the “Teen Choice Awards,” “My VH1 Music Awards,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Jeopardy,” the “American Music Awards” and the “ESPY Awards.” McGrath has hosted VH1’s “I Love the 80’s” and “The Greatest: 100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock and Roll,” and the primetime specials “The World Music Awards” and “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” as well as “The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll .” He also appeared with Sugar Ray in the 2002 feature film “Scooby-Doo” and was the co-host of “Extra.” Currently McGrath is the host of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” a Twentieth Century Fox syndication. 

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Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her motion picture debut in Paramount Pictures’ “Children of a Lesser God,” a performance the film community chose to recognize in with its highest honor — the Academy Award for Best Actress. At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Matlin was honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. That same year she was honored by Harper’s Bazaar Magazine as one of the “The Ten Most Beautiful Women” and Esquire Magazine’s “Women We Love.”

Born and raised in Morton Grove, Illinois, Matlin started acting at the age of seven in the role of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” at a children’s theatre company in Chicago. After several years of performing on stage throughout Chicago and the midwest, Matlin was discovered in a Chicago stage production of Mark Medoff’s Tony Award-winning play, “Children of a Lesser God.” Following an extensive international search for the lead role, the producers of the film version selected her to star opposite William Hurt.

Matlin followed her film debut with a second feature, “Walker,” starring Ed Harris. While filming in Nicaragua, Matlin took time to visit hearing and hearing impaired children, as she has done extensively throughout her travels to Australia, England, Italy, Germany, Russia, Croatia, Mexico and Canada.

Matlin went on to star in the French feature “The Man in the Golden Mask, ” co-starring Jean Reno. She appeared in two feature films in 1992 — “The Linguini Incident” with David Bowie and Rosanna Arquette and Robert Altman’s “The Player.”

Matlin also starred in 20th Century Fox’s “Hear No Evil,” a suspense thriller co-starring Martin Sheen and in MGM/United Artists’ AIDS drama “It’s My Party,” written and directed by Randal Kleiser. In 2005, Matlin made an auspicious return to features with the critcally acclaimed documentary/feature, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?”

Matlin made her television debut, starring with Lee Remick in CBS’ “Bridge to Silence.” She went on to star for two seasons in the NBC series, “Reasonable Doubts” opposite Mark Harmon. She was twice nominated for both a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Dramatic Television Series as well as the People’s Choice Awards. Matlin was nominated for two Emmy awards for her guest turns on NBC’s “Seinfeld and CBS’s “Picket Fences.”

Matlin also starred in “Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story,” a movie for Lifetime Television in which she was nominated for a CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series. She broke down yet another barrier with the role, playing a character who was not deaf. “I have always resisted putting limitations on myself, both professionally and personally, ” said Matlin. “This role gave me the chance to do something I’d never done before. It was a new challenge for me and was a very rewarding experience.”

Matlin returned to CBS’ “Picket Fences” for two seasons to reprise her Emmy-nominated role. Coincidentally, her character on Picket Fences gave birth on the same day she gave birth in real life, a feat repeated exactly 43 years to the day by Lucille Ball on “I Love Lucy” on the same network, CBS.

For seven seasons, Matlin starred opposite Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits and Bradley Whitford as pollster, Joey Lucas, on NBC’s Emmy Award winning series, “The West Wing.” She has also guest-starred on numerous shows including NBC’s “Sweet Justice” with Cicely Tyson, as well as Showtime’s anthology series “The Outer Limits.” Matlin also starred in HBO’s original feature, “Dead Silence,” opposite James Garner and starred in the Showtime feature, “Freak City,” opposite Natalie Cole. Matlin also guest starred on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning series, “The Larry Sanders Show,” ABC’s comedy “Spin City,” on NBC’s award winning drama “ER,” and CBS’ “Judging Amy.” She received her third Emmy Award nomination for her work on ABC’s “The Practice, and guest-starred on NBC’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” receiving her fourth Emmy nomination for her work. Matlin also has guest starred on ABC’s award winning “Desperate Housewives, “My Name is Earl,” “CSI: New York,” and “Nip/Tuck.” In 2006 Matlin hosted a special 2 hour edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

In 2007, she joined the cast of Showtime’s cutting edge drama “The L Word” starring opposite Jennifer Beals. She returned for a second season on “The L Word” in 2008. Most recently, Matlin proved herself to be a graceful and fierce competitor as a contestant on season six of “Dancing with the Stars.”

In September, 1999, under her Solo One Productions banner, Matlin embarked on her first effort as Executive Producer and starred in the courtroom thriller “Where the Truth Lies” for Lifetime Television and in 2003, produced “Eddie’s Million Dollar Bake-off” for The Disney Channel, receiving an honor from the National Council on Family Relations for excellence in programming.

Matlin published a novel for children entitled “Deaf Child Crossing” in 2002. Simon and Shuster published the sequel, “Nobody’s Perfect,” in summer 2006 and the second sequel, “Leading Ladies” in 2007.

Matlin has also appeared in a number of musical performances. She appeared on “Sesame Street” with Grammy Award winning singer Billy Joel, performing “Just the Way You Are,” and appeared in the music video for Joel’s Grammy-nominated “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” In January, 1993, she performed the national anthem in American Sign Language with Garth Brooks, at “Super Bowl XXVII” and appeared in Brooks’ music video “We Shall Be Free.” She returned to the Super Bowl in 2007 to perform the national anthem in sign language with Billy Joel.

Matlin has also appeared in a number of educational and children’s programs. Matlin served as host of PBS’ Emmy Award winning series “People in Motion,” and in 2007, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “Through Deaf Eyes.” Other television appearances include MTV’s “Rock the Vote,” Disney’s award winning series “Adventures in Wonderland,” and Nickelodeon’s Emmy Award-winning “Blues Clues,” where she appeared as Marlee the Librarian. Matlin has also been seen starring in “Baby Wordsworth,” part of the highly acclaimed “Baby Einstein” series, teaching sign language to infants and toddlers.

In 1994, Matlin was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National Service. In 1995, Matlin served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week and honored in a White House Rose Garden ceremony by the President.

Matlin serves as a national celebrity spokesperson for The American Red Cross, encouraging Americans to donate blood. She has also worked on behalf of closed captioning and in 1992 was instrumental in getting Congree to pass federal legislation requiring all televisions manufactured in the United States be equipped with closed captioning technology. She also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including Easter Seals, The Children Affected By Aids Foundation, as well as those charities which primarily benefit children. She has also combined her charity work with commercial ventures and has appeared in numerous commercials and Public Servcie Announcements, on behalf of corporate sponsors such as Target, Sprint and Toys R Us, each designed to raise awareness about the importance of donating to charitable organizations. In 2006 Matlin was honored by America On Line as “Chief Everything Officer,” highlighting the important contributions of mothers, both home and work environments.

In April 2009, Matlin released her autobiography, “I’ll Scream Later,” published by Simon and Shuster. The book looks at her life — from being diagnosed as deaf at 18- months-old to becoming the youngest woman to win an Oscar for her role in “Children Of A Lesser God” at age 21 to the present day. “I’ll Scream Later” has become both a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller. Currently, Matlin is developing a half-hour comedy for Showtime with writer/producer Carol Leifer.

Matlin makes her home in the greater Los Angeles area. She and her husband, law enforcement officer Kevin Grandalski, welcomed their first child, Sarah, in 1996, their second child, Brandon, in 2000 and their third child, Tyler, in July, 2002. Matlin and her husband welcomed their fourth child, Isabelle, in December 2003.

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Star Jones, attorney, television personality, former prosecutor, political insider, philanthropist, best selling author and lecturer has worked in television for nearly two decades. Jones has dedicated her professional career to offering a fresh perspective on the day’s most talked about crime and justice, and political and sociological issues from the worlds of news, entertainment, politics and pop culture. Jones, a lawyer by trade, is best known to television viewers for her candor, confidence and uncanny ability to clarify muddy legal and social issues. Her knowledge of the law and talent for television has won her critical acclaim as a news and legal correspondent, television host and social commentator.

Star Jones has had an amazing television career. After her initial debut on television 18 years ago, Jones has interviewed, covered, reported on or provided social commentary on every major US news event, criminal and civil trial and “A” list celebrity/newsmaker of the last two decades. She has obtained exclusive and/or personal interviews with everyone from murderers and child molesters to a host of celebrities, entertainers, captains of industry, politicians and lawyers, as well as several former United States Presidents. Jones began her television career at Court TV in 1991 as a volunteer commentator while Senior Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY. Within six months of her debut, she was named the NBC Legal Correspondent for the Today Show and NBC Nightly News. Over the next two decades, Jones hosted her own syndicated show, “Jones & Jury,” been a Senior Correspondent and Chief Legal Analyst for “Inside Edition,” hosted “Live from the Red Carpet” for E! Entertainment Television and acted as the executive editor and host of “The Star Jones Show” on truTV (formally Court TV.) Jones is perhaps best known as co-host of the Emmy Award winning talk show “The View”. She helped launch the program as an original host when it premiered in August of 1997 and was a co-host for nine years. In the words of executive producer & co-host, Barbara Walters: “The View would have never become the success it is without Star.”

In the corporate world, Jones has been a featured personality for numerous consumer brands including: Saks Fifth Avenue, Kohl’s and Target. Jones has graced the cover of numerous magazines and has been featured in every major newspaper and magazine in the country on topics ranging from news to lifestyle. Star has written two best-selling books, You Have to Stand for Something, or You’ll Fall for Everything (Bantam) and Shine… A Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love (Harper Collins) Star’s writing reach now extends to the “blogosphere” with her own daily blog “Positively Star” and as a special guest contributor to the Huffington Post and Global Grind with editorials that consistently rank amongst the highest read.

As a surrogate for the Democratic National Committee, Jones has acted as an informal advisor to former Chairman Howard Dean and has been a prolific fundraiser and national public speaker on behalf of former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama.

Jones is heavily involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. As a goodwill ambassador for “First Star,” she was the voice of the effort to give basic rights to children in America’s foster care system. She presently serves on the Board of Directors/Trustees Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and God’s Love We Deliver. She has also been a Board Member of the National Urban League, the East Harlem School at Exodus House, Girls, Inc. and Dress for Success Worldwide.

As law is still her first love, Jones has been for the last 22 years and still is a licensed attorney in the state of New York. As a prosecutor in Brooklyn, she received national media attention in court with a number of highly publicized victories and was named a Senior Assistant Attorney before she was 29 years old. To date her conviction rate (31 of 33) remains the best in the county.

Jones is presently writing a new book (Spring 2011 publication date) and is in talks to develop a new television show. She has expanded her sphere of influence to behind the camera in an executive role by forming Girlfriend Entertainment, Inc., her own production company that will focus on smart, positive entertainment produced for the entire family.