Spoiler alert: Details of Monday night’s premiere episode of The New Celebrity Apprentice appear below.
He’s the new boss in the boardroom.
But the jury is still out on whether Arnold Schwarzenegger is bringing a new attitude to The New Celebrity Apprentice.
Schwarzenegger, who replaces President-elect (and executive producer) Donald Trump as host of NBC’s reality series, got right down to business in Monday’s opener. While often stiff and sometimes appearing uncomfortable in his surroundings, he told contestants that they should address him as “Governor” in the boardroom. OK, that’s different. But he didn’t hide his displeasure when the players interrupted him during meetings and complained when one contestant talked too much. Oh, those facial expressions. Sound familiar?
After a handful of the contestants were highlighted in the first part of the eighth-season premiere, which relocated the show to Los Angeles, the former governor of California dispatched the contestants to discuss team names.
Here are highlights of what went down:
TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet
Singer and TV personality Carnie Wilson
TV personality Carrie Keagan
TV personality and stylist Carson Kressley
MMA competitor Chael Sonnen
Singer Boy George
Former NFL player Eric Dickerson
Comedian Jon Lovitz
Reality TV star Kyle Richards
Boxer Laila Ali
Former WNBA player Lisa Leslie
American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman
Reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Reality TV star Porsha Williams
Former NFL player Ricky Williams
Motley Crüe singer Vince Neil
The advisors: Entertainment lawyer (and Arnold’s nephew) Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger and supermodel, TV host and businesswoman Tyra Banks.
The teams: Men (Team Arete) led by Boy George vs. women (Team Prima) led by Porsha Williams
The first challenge: Create a 10-minute beauty experience/presentation for the Tyra Beauty line of cosmetics
Best line: Kressley came up with the line, “We came, we saw, we contoured.”