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Mallory Looks at Reality TV -- Jack Swagger; Bill Goldberg; Plus K-Fed Is Not the Biggest Loser

By Mallory Mahling Apr 7, 2010 - 7:23 AM

Jack Swagger reminds me so much like the much-hated Spencer Pratt from "The Hills."  This week, he continued to work on the "despised" part of his persona. 

If WWE could recruit one of the Divas to play a Heidi Montag lookalike (with the names of all characters changed to protect the innocent from gimmick infringement, of course), it would add a fun dimension to his character.

Just a thought.  

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Word came out this week that Donald Trump is going back to the original format of "The Apprentice." You remember, throw a bunch of anonymous overachievers into the Board Room and let them sink and swim. Thank goodness. The "celebrity" version doesn't always show celebrities in the best light.

Take Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced former Governor of Illinois. Blago has become a household name, but not really in a good way. He was the Project Manager this week and demonstrated an inability to do anything other than put himself over. Previously, he'd shown his hunt-and-peck typing talent. This week, when it was key to be able to communicate with his team electronically, Blago showed that he didn't have the faintest idea how to use e-mail or to text message.  That's pretty sad when even small children can do those things. 

In the end, he heard the words "YOU'RE FIRED." Just as well, since he has a trial coming up soon. 

Goldberg still hasn't risen to the level of Project Manager on "Celebrity Apprentice," or maybe he's just being wise enough to stay under the radar. He can't put it off much longer, but his portrayal of an oak tree in this week's Harry Potter project was not a shining example of his talents. In fact, he complained that it was so uncomfortable inside the oak tree costume that he passed out. Buck up, Bill.

The ladies' team is doing much better, although there are times when it looks like a slap fight is about to break out. I should say that Diva Maria and Cyndi Lauper have come across as very capable and likeable. The rest of the women, not so much.

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"Celebrity Fit Club" came to an end this week. Kevin Federline did an admirable job, but wasn't the Biggest Loser. That honor went to Jay McCarroll, the first winner of "Project Runway." K-Fed finished a fraction of a point behind Jay, but both look fabulous. K-Fed no longer looks like Mr. Mom. By that I mean, at the beginning of the diet, his gut made him look about six months pregnant.

An unintended consequence of this season of CFC gave K-Fed and his ex, Char Jackson, an opportunity to make amends. By the end of the season, they had learned to put aside all the sturm und drang that went along with dealing with the celebrity of their significant others, including the paparazzi that has hounded them for years.  Watching them share a friendly hug was heartwarming.  

This was one of the best seasons of CFC. Largely because it didn't involve Dustin Diamond for a change.

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Thanks for reading and see ya next week.


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