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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Pete Rose, The Apprentice?

It worked for Jerry Springer – so could a shot on a popular reality TV show jump start Pete Rose’s career?

Baseball all-time hit king, who was banned from baseball in 1989, could be a contestant on "The Apprentice" in the 2007-08 TV season. Mogul Donald Trump plans a celebrity version his NBC reality show this winter.

Trump told the New York Post that Rose and Carmen Electra, another Cincinnati West Side native, also could be on the show, in which contestants play for a charity.

Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Joan Rivers, Naomi Judd, George Foreman, Tony Hawk, Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon and original "Apprentice" villain Amorosa also are under consideration, he says. "There are more than a hundred others who want to be on the show," Trump told the paper.

Wendy Luckenbill, NBC’s publicist for "The Apprentice," says details have not been finalized.

"The next version of The Apprentice will be a celebrity edition for later this season. The celebs will be playing for charity. No premiere date or production date has been determined yet. The celebs aren't locked just yet. All are still being negotiated at this time," she says.

If you were the executive producer, would you cast Pete for the show? Or would he be far down your list, given the choices Trump says he has? How would Pete do on the show? Would you bet that Rose could do anything to improve his image? What are the odds?


at 8/23/2007 11:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you kidding me?!?

Pete Rose in a business-setting like that!?!?

The guy was a hell of a baseball player, but when it comes to anything outside of sports he wasn't too bright.

at 8/23/2007 2:02 PM Blogger Kevin LeMaster said...

This show sounds absolutely terrible.

at 8/23/2007 2:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about loser Rose. Yes loser. Sick of hearing about his ventures. Oh yea, remember he is the guy who made more outs than anyone in baseball. But, the westsiders never talk about that!!!

at 8/23/2007 2:26 PM Blogger SophiaZ123 said...

I can't get over Petes dropping the F bomb at a camp for KIDS a few weeks ago. He is an idiot.

Great on the ballfield but IGNORANT off of it.

John, I read on a racing site this was all rumor and Jeff Gordon will be busy racing in the Chase during filming and has NOT said yes to being a part of this...least not yet, I read on Jayski.

Trump will do anything for ratings. Fox's Friedman reported weeks ago the Producer of the Apprentice offered Rosie 2 million to be on it. She said no...not even for 200 million.

Trump denied it of course.

So I wonder who out of this list will be on it.

Just because it's said one place, and denied another, does not mean it might not be true. LOL.

Hope that made sense!

at 8/24/2007 11:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

noticed a lot of anchor shuffling on 5 in recent days. i do like the news a bit more with dave and sandra at 6 and 11. there is some good flow between the weather segments and sports segments and it seems everyone "likes" each other.

hey kiese, are ratings up (or down) for them when dave wagner is at the anchor desk? gosh, if ratings would happen to go up, would that bode well for sheree? i mean channel 5 can go nowhere else but up, right? it's not possible to fall off the floor, right?

thanks for the radio info kiese! great blog!

at 8/24/2007 11:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any time you have a "celebrity" edtion of any show - you can immedately assume it has jumped the shark.

Remember when "Weakest Link" was red-hot? They drove that into the ground with an endless supply of celebrity editions.

Trump must not have any real jobs to hire-out either. Seems so silly there was the big blow-up over Apprentice getting left off the fall schedule, only to have it be brought back with a meaningless celebrity edition.

Isn't part of the fun of reality television watching real people and not Hollywood fakes?

Also noted that TV5 has suspended voting on its top 5 today. What's up with that?

at 8/24/2007 12:59 PM Blogger myonlysioux said...

If Pete Rose is selected for the Apprentice, I will definitely not be watching the show. Rose grabs at anything to see his face on media.

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