Just when you thought NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice one of the few aspects of 2017 putting Donald Trump behind it, it seems the former boss and Tweeter-Elect will still make his presence felt. Reports confirm Trump will maintain an executive producer credit on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Celebrity Apprentice, raising further conflict-of-interest questions.
It was only a month ago that it was reported that Benicio Del Toro was in talks to star in The Predator, Shane Black’s reboot of the famous monster action series. But now The Hollywood Reporter that Del Toro won’t appear in the film, and Black and producers are back on the hunt for another star. Now the guy close to the lead role is Narcos star Boyd Holbrook.
It’s taken forever and a day to finally see both Arnold Schwarzenegger taking the Celebrity Apprentice desk, and Emerald City come to life, but NBC has finally made a firm commitment. Both high-profile new series have set January bows, just barely into 2017.
We’re all anxious for the day Donald Trump is no longer center stage, and NBC’s new Celebrity Apprentice graciously offers a first taste. Arnold Schwarzenegger assembles in the limelight for a new 2017 promo of the revamped reality competition, so let’s get down to business.
Donald Trump has made a repeated point of NBC “begging” him to carry on as host of The Celebrity Apprentice, rather than pursue his Presidential aspirations, but it doesn’t sound as if the network would ask Arnold Schwarzenegger to give up the desk, should Trump come crawling back. NBC says The Donald will “never” return, at least in the current regime.
Just the other day, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s long-awaited Pump finally seemed to move forward with an exploration of bodybuilding culture’s origins, but will cultural successor Dwayne Johnson beat him to the punch? The Rock has his own Muscle Beach drama greenlit at USA, and there’s bound to be some overlap.
What, you thought The Celebrity Apprentice enough to contain Arnold Schwarzenegger’s impeccable pecs on TV? Not so, puny readers, as the ex-Governator’s loosely autobiographical bodybuilder series Pump has officially landed at CBS Television Studios with a development deal.
Neither Shane Black nor Arnold Schwarzenegger have confirmed the actor’s return for The Predator, though the two have expressed interest in the possibility — because how could they not? But one thing is for certain: If Schwarzenegger does come back, he won’t be playing the primary protagonist this time around. Black says as much in a new interview, where he reveals the current name of the hero in his Predator sequel, and discusses his plan to “event-ize” the franchise.
The world might be a very different place by the time we get to 2017, but in Celebrity Apprentice’s case at least, change is for the better. The new Arnold Schwarzenegger-led iteration of the NBC reality competition has an official January premiere, while producers attempt to lock down the ex-Governator’s catchphrase
As the looming political race only darkens, it’s nice to know Donald Trump doesn’t leave everything he touches a pile of ash. So benefits Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first poster for the action hero’s takeover of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, looking as magnificent as ever.