Charisma Carpenter is geek TV royalty for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Veronica Mars. She’s taken on vampires and monsters and whatnot, but nothing will be as scary as her next task: taking on The Donald. Carpenter, according to TV Guide, is set to join the cast of The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition. Initially, NBC had decided to effectively cancel Donald Trump’s reality franchise but, at the last minute, new NBC President Kevin Reilly decided the network could make a place for The Apprentice. This became The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition, in which celebrities will compete for charity. Keep in mind, NBC has yet to make any official casting announcements, but TV Guide is usually spot on.
Charisma Carpenter is a fairly big first catch for the show, if I may say so. It sets a good precedent for the show going forward and, because Charisma is an attractive lady, may entice some B-List male celebs. TVGuide is also reporting that Carmen Electra may be poised to join the cast of The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition, which would also be a major coup. The hotness potential, with those two on board, is already through the roof.
It’s always interesting to me how these celeb-reality shows get cast. On any given show featuring celebrities competing, they’re all about on the same level of fame. The casting directors must have a stressful time of it trying to lure that first cast member. If you aim too high, you’re going to miss out on opportunities. If you aim too low, a bigger celebrity might say, “Well, I would’ve gone on the show, but the other cast members are below me.” For instance, take Dancing with the Stars. From season to season, the fame level of the cast has risen incrementally, culminating this year with such big names as Wayne Newton, Floyd Meriweather, and Jennie Garth (well, maybe the names aren’t that big…let’s go with “bigger”).
I know there are lots of Charisma Carpenter fans out there who have suddenly become new fans of The Apprentice.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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