Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
As NBC put on their “upfront” presentation highlighting next fall’s programming to advertisers, they shone a spotlight on renewed programs like “Parks and Recreation,” “Parenthood,” and “The Voice.”
One long-running series, though, went unmentioned, according to journalists in attendance: Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Noticeably absent at the NBC upfront: any mention of the "Apprentice." So was @realDonaldTrump right when he said it'd been renewed?— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 13, 2013
Huge reality montage ending the NBC upfront with no @realdonaldtrump in sight.— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) May 13, 2013
The reality competition show was also left off a grid depicting NBC’s schedule in fall 2013 and spring 2014, suggesting that it would not be returning for another season next year.
Donald Trump had previously tweeted that the show had been renewed.
I AM PLEASED TO INFORM YOU THAT CELEBRITY APPRENTICE HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR ANOTHER SEASON BY NBC. SEE YOU AT THE NBC UPFRONTS TOMORROW.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2013
A representative for Trump, special counsel Michael Cohen, emailed Salon: “You need to do just a little research to learn quickly that you are absolutely wrong. Celebrity Apprentice has been renewed again.” Reached by phone to ask about the disconnect between Trump’s claims on Twitter and the upfront presentation, Cohen said: “There’s no disconnect. It’s been picked up.” He cited a Huffington Post piece saying the show had been renewed. That piece was an aggregation of a Hollywood Reporter story — one that cited Trump himself as its source.
As of yesterday, NBC had made “no decision” on “Celebrity Apprentice,” the network told the Associated Press; that decision, per network press release, is coming “in the next few weeks.” Last night’s episode hit a season low in the coveted 18-49-year-old demographic.
When the season began in March with fewer viewers than past installments, we asked Trump himself if his vocal anti-Obama politics might have turned viewers off. “I do have strong political views, but that’s OK,” he said. “There are a lot of people out there, you know, who agree with me!”
As for the fate of the show, he had told us: “I’m very happy with NBC; they’ve been terrific. We’ve had a great success with ‘The Apprentice.’”
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.