‘Apprentice’ returning to NBC
Donald Trump will once again give regular Americans a chance. NBC and Trump are bringing back the original version of “The Apprentice” this fall to offer help to 14 ordinary job-hunters plagued by the economic crisis. The show will recruit candidates who have lost their jobs, are stuck with jobs they don’t like just to get by or have finished college with no offers in sight. The winner will land a position with one of Trump’s companies, as in the original. The current season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” premiered Sunday and is expected back in spring 2011.
Reagan tapes restored
All 208 episodes of television’s “General Electric Theater,” hosted by then-actor Ronald Reagan, are being delivered to former first lady Nancy Reagan today as part of the two-year celebration of the late president’s 100th birthday. The 1954-1962 “General Electric Theater” tapes, most believed to be damaged or lost, were recently uncovered in the General Electric/NBC Universal archives. They were restored to broadcast quality for use in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
Byrne to advise Irish government
Gabriel Byrne, star of HBO’s “In Treatment,” has been appointed Ireland’s ambassador for culture. The honor was announced Tuesday by Prime Minister Brian Cowen. The Irish government says the Dublin-born Byrne, 59, will advise Irish diplomatic staff about “creating a dynamic program of art, ideas, debate and reflection which helps to foster a renewed, forward-looking cultural relationship between Ireland and America.”
White joins sitcom cast
Betty White will co-star in the TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.” White will play the snarky caretaker of the Cleveland home shared by three former L.A. residents played by Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. “Hot” is set to start its 10-episode season in June.
Compiled from wire reports.