The Celebrity Apprentice

Contestant, The Celebrity Apprentice

With her exotic looks, prodigious talent, infectious energy and savvy business acumen, Lisa Rinna has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. Rinna and husband Harry Hamlin just wrapped their first season of their TV Land original series, “Harry Loves Lisa.” The new series, which premiered October 6, 2010, focuses on the relationship between Lisa and Harry as they navigate through the highs and lows as a devoted family living a hectic Hollywood lifestyle.

Rinna also recently release her second book, “STARLIT,” a deliciously revealing roman a clef about life on and off the red carpet. Filled with colorful characters, Hollywood insider details, scandalous backstabbing, and more than a few scenes – and villains — from Lisa’ real life, “STARLIT” combines the fun of “Days of Our Lives,” “Melrose Place” and Us Weekly into one titillating Hollywood drama.

Last year, Rinna published her first book, “Rinnavation.” In the New York Times Best Seller, she divulges her diet and exercise secrets, gives advice on how to lead a happy, healthy life and shares her tips for maintaining physical and mental health in the hectic real world. In chapters that deal with issues affecting body, mind and spirit, she offers a practical and motivational advice on a wealth of topics.

Rinna has released a series of fitness DVDs for Warner Home Video called “Lisa Rinna: Dance Body Beautiful.” They include: “Jive, Jump, Ballroom Bump,” “Ballroom Learn and Burn,” “Ballroom Body Blast” and “Hip Hop Ballroom.” All DVDs feature a unique high-energy cardio workout created by Rinna and “Dancing with the Stars” choreographer, Louis van Amstel.

Rinna recently served as host and fashion expert for TV Guide Network’s signature Red Carpet pre-shows at Hollywood’s biggest events, including the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actor’s Guild Awards.

Rinna starred as Roxie Hart alongside her husband Harry Hamlin in the hit Broadway musical, “Chicago.” Before joining the Broadway cast on June 19, 2007, Rinna performed with the “Chicago” National Tour.

Rinna’s hosting credits include Oxygen’s hair competition Tease and co-host of SOAPnet’s daily talk show “Soap Talk” from 2002-2006, where she was nominated for 4 Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Talk Show Host.”

She also competed on the hit ABC series, “Dancing with the Stars” and participated in the national “Dancing with the Stars” tour.

In the realm of television, few can boast such an enduring and prolific career as small-screen queen Lisa Rinna. Rinna is known to many as Billie Reed, the free-spirited character she played on NBC’s daytime hit “Days of Our Lives” throughout the ’90s and in 2002. Rinna also starred as “love-to-hate-her” Taylor McBride on Fox’s long-running primetime smash, “Melrose Place.” Additionally, Rinna was also seen in a recurring role on the edgyUPN drama series “Veronica Mars” portraying one half of a “movie star” couple, opposite real-life husband, Harry Hamlin.

Rinna hosted the hour-long reality series for Lifetime Television entitled “Merge,” which focused on newly married couples trying to create a home that blends elements of each person’s past. Lisa was also seen as a special correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and “Access Hollywood.”

Lisa starred in the Lifetime Original movie, “Sex, Lies and Obsession” opposite husband Harry Hamlin. Her previous Lifetime film, “Another Woman’s Husband” boasted one of the highest ratings for any film ever on the network.

Additional television credits include a guest spot on the ABC comedy series “8 Simple Rules,” the NBC series “The Hogan Family,” and an episode of “Movie Stars” for the WB, the first ever on-screen appearance she shared opposite her husband. In 2007 Rinna appeared as Donna Devaney, a love interest for Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), in HBO’s Emmy Nominated Series “Entourage.”

In 2002, Rinna also served as a frequent guest host opposite Regis Philbin, with eight appearances during the “Live with Regis” search for his new permanent co-host. Although Kelly Ripa wound-up with the assignment, the well-received “Regis” appearances caught the attention of the executives at SoapNet, which led to the development of her own successful talk show, “Soap Talk,” as well as Lifetime’s “Merge.”

In May, 2002 Rinna embraced her life-long love of fashion, and opened her own women’s clothing boutique, BELLE GRAY, named after daughter’s Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray. Since opening the doors in the heart of Sherman Oaks, California, Rinna’s trend-setting store has become one of Los Angeles’ must-stop shopping destinations, with the influential fashion insider magazine The Daily, naming Rinna “The New Face of L.A. Retail,” during the Fall, 2003 LA Fashion Week. In June, 2005, Rinna opened her second BELLE GRAY boutique, which is located in The Commons of Calabasas, California.

A press favorite and CEO of a wildly successful fashion venture, Lisa is a popular guest on many high-profile national television shows including an appearance on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which selected Belle Gray as one of “Celebrities Favorite Places,” and featured a star-studded in-store tour with Belle Gray shopper Cindy Crawford.

Rinna currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Sunday, April 3 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

This week, the Celebrities must create their own works of art and then sell them that same night for the most money possible. On one team, a misunderstanding leads to a violent confrontation. The other team’s artwork gets held up in traffic leaving them with nothing to sell minutes before their gallery opening. With record-setting money raised for charity, one team is victorious and Mr. Trump must decide which celebrity is the next to get fired.

Sunday, March 27 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

This week, the celebrities are challenged to write and produce a 30-second video for ACN Video Phones – spots that will be judged by 450 ACN sales reps. One team listens closely to the executives’ conservative brief, creating a video that tugs on the heartstrings. The other team decides to give the company a controversial ad to remember, and risks offending the sales reps. When the votes are cast, a winner is decided by the slimmest of margins. But no matter how close the vote, Donald Trump sends another celebrity packing.

Sunday, March 20 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

This week, each team is given two Camping World RVs to stage an “experience” in mid-town Manhattan. One celebrity wrestles control away from the project manager, while the other team questions the sanity of their leader, who stops working on the task to play a game of catch. It’s a race to the finish, but one team ultimately stands victorious. The losing team faces Donald Trump in the boardroom, and another celebrity is fired.

Sunday, March 13 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

This week, the celebrities must write an original children’s book based on one of their own teammates and perform it for a group of four and five-year-olds. One celebrity is forced into the role of project manager and struggles to unite the team, while another battles to control a loose cannon in the group. Last season’s Celebrity Apprentice finalist Holly Robinson Peete helps choose the best children’s book, and later, Donald Trump fires another celebrity.

Sunday, March 6 – 9pm ET/PT *Two-hour Season Premiere* on Global

In the season premiere, Donald Trump challenges 16 celebrities to run authentic New York City pizzerias to raise money for charity. One team uses their celebrity power on the streets of Manhattan, while the other races against the clock to complete a special delivery that could be the difference between winning and losing. Friends with deep pockets show up and pack both pizzerias, helping the celebrities set a fundraising record. Unfortunately, the excitement is short lived, as one person becomes the first to be fired by Donald Trump. This season’s celebrities include Playboy playmate and model Hope Dworaczyk, singer/actress La Toya Jackson, TV personality and lawyer Star Jones, Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, actress Marlee Matlin, actress Lisa Rinna, supermodel Niki Taylor, R&B legend Dionne Warwick, actor Gary Busey, former baseball player Jose Canseco, singer and 70s teen heartthrob David Cassidy, Survivor winner Richard Hatch, rapper Lil Jon, rock legend Meat Loaf, rock star and TV personality Mark McGrath and country singer John Rich.

Donald Trump has proved popular in the latest Republican figures poll and speculation is growing as to the possibility of him running for president of the United States.

With the latest season of The Celebrity Apprentice about to kick off in the US and here in Canada on Global, there’s been a lot of talk of the property magnate running for president as the Republican candidate and this latest poll only adds fuel to the fire.

Trump received the highest “positive” rating among the hopefuls with 26 per cent.

Mitt Romney, who missed out in 2008 to John McCain is second with 25 per cent while Sarah Palin lags behind with only 8 per cent.

Trump himself says he will not make any decision until later in the year.


The Celebrity Apprentice returns for its fourth season tonight at 9pm et/pt on Global.


The winner of the third season of The Celebrity Apprentice has been revealed.

Rocker Bret Michaels has taken out the title of The Celebrity Apprentice.

Just days after he was released from hospital after suffering a warning stroke, Michaels has been crowned the season’s winner by Donald Trump.

The Poison front-man edged fellow finalist Holly Robinson Peete in the live finale episode.

The crowd gave him a standing ovation as he entered the boardroom and even Peete was reduced to tears in the emotional finale to the third season of the show.

Michaels received $250,000 to hand over to his charity of choice, the American Diabetes Association.

Source: TV Squad


Sunday, May 23 � 9pm ET/PT *Live Season on Global

Finale *

The final two celebrities must launch their new tea product, and Donald Trump reveals the winning celebrity apprentice from the Skirball Centre in New York City. Plus, former Season 9 contestants return.