The men finally won a challenge and Donald Trump fired the female team’s manager Claudia Jordan. Claudia who? She’s some model who opened suitcases on “Deal or No Deal.” (NBC synergy!)
The result: former NBA star Dennis Rodman remains another week. You can see why the producers…errr..Trump kept him around last week despite the fact he’s surly, unproductive and unpredictable.
Early on in episode four, Rodman got angry with country singer Clint Black, who criticized his inability to be a team player. Then he cursed Black out and walked out. Reality show gold!
“Notice he got in the face of the smallest guy,” Jesse James said later to Black.
“I’m tired of holding his hand,” said project manager Brian McKnight. “There’s nothing we can do to rein him in.”
“I almost got on a chair and decked him,” the diminutive Black joked.
Oh, yah. There was a challenge: launching a cel phone. McKnight (”This isn’t a democracy. This is a dictatorship”) led the task. He created the music and sang. Black, another musician, felt like he’s left doing menial tasks.
Rodman arrived partway through the competition. “I don’t quit for nothing,” Rodman said. He told the cameras, “I’m not that big of an [arse.]” But McKnight didn’t want to use him, feeling he couldn’t afford to have someone “babysit” him.
In the end, the men’s presentation (even without Dennis) was far sharper, utilizing the team’s talents, including McKnight’s pipes and James’ production skills. It was more flash than substance but it worked. Eighty-five percent of the ACN audience voted for the guys. The women relied too much on Joan Rivers’ humor, which failed to compensate for boring vignettes.
While the men used McKnight, why didn’t the women use Atlanta’s own Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of TLC? “We thought the focus on something they could relate to in the audience. That’s what the vignettes were,” Jordan said.
Funnest part was when Jordan totally dissed Melissa Rivers to the camera: “I don’t like her personally. She looks funny. She scares me. I don’t know if she’s happy or sad. Same blank look on her face and her eyes, and her forehead doesn’t move. If Joan Rivers wasn’t around, there wouldn’t be any Melissa Rivers on TV.” Sic her!
Georgia connection update: How about UGA alum Herschel Walker? He was there, was not a factor over the two hours. And for the fourth week in a row, T-Boz stayed so under the radar, nobody really noticed she was there.
-Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show” had its biggest ratings in several years thanks to Barack Obama’s appearance last Thursday. Among the 56 biggest markets, the show received an 11.2 rating and 26 share. Locally, the show got an 8.2 rating and 21 share, significantly lower but more than double the normal numbers for WXIA-TV.
-Speaking of “The Apprentice,” a former contestant Wes Moss has been carving out a minor radio career locally, first on WGST but now as the host of “Money Matters” on WSB-AM, replacing the late great Mike Kavanagh. Moss’ show can be heard from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sundays. I’ll talk to him next week and post the interview.
-Another reporter attended Frank and Tonya Ski’s “Legends” second luncheon honoring six Clayton County kids featuring Xenona Clayton, the founder of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, and singer Monica.