Thursday, May 25, 2006

Apprentice Tzedaka

For anyone who hasn't watched earlier seasons of The Apprentice, the final tasks are two major fundraising events, each with a corporate sponsor and a designated charity.

As you know, the two final tasks for this season are a concert by the Barenaked Ladies and a celebrity hockey event.

This just in....

Orthodox Apprentice has just learned that Sean Yazbeck's BNL concert is a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund. Steve Page, the band's lead vocalist, sits on the Board of Directors at WWF. Page and his band have been involved in other fundraising efforts for the organization.

Lee Bienstock's event is a celebrity hockey game to benefit The Leary Firefighters Foundation. Starting May 30, hockey memorabilia from the final episodes will be auctioned off at

Lee and Sean will plan and prepare for the events on next week's episode (May 29). The concert and hockey game will be shown during the June 5 finale, followed by the final boardroom, when someone will hear, "You're hired!"

5/25 UPDATE - NBC has just confirmed what we reported last night:
"Donald Trump will issue the final two tasks, which will unfold over the next two episodes beginning this week and resulting in the ultimate boardroom hiring of the fifth "Apprentice" on June 5, live from The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (9:30-11pm ET). "

"This week, Sean and Lee are reunited with their former team members and have the tough assignment of re-hiring four candidates each to help them with their final task. One finalist faces off with a tough executive while putting on a Pontiac celebrity hockey event benefiting the 'Dennis Leary Fire Fighter Foundation,' while the other tries to please a crowd while staging a Barenaked Ladies Concert in Atlantic City benefiting the 'World Wildlife Foundation.' "


At 5/25/2006 1:37 AM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

A new potential monkey wrench with the finale:

According to a poster I know in The Fishbowl who is a big sports fanatic, apparently the NHL is wanting to move up the start of the Stanley Cup Finals to as early as May 31 (from June 5) if both Conference Finals series end in five games or less, which could happen if the Edmonton Oilers win either Game 4 tonight (Thursday 5/25) or Game 5 on Saturday (5/27) over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Buffalo Sabres win Games 4 & 5 on Friday and Sunday nights (5/26 & 28) over the Carolina Hurricanes. If that happens, Game 1 would be on Wednesday, May 31 and Game 2 on Saturday, June 3, with Game 3 moved up to Monday, June 5, a game NBC is contractually obligated to carry. That would probably force "The Apprentice" finale off of June 5 to another night.

The poster who did this did so on The Fishbowl site at:



At 5/25/2006 9:50 AM, Anonymous Wally World said...

What if it rains? They might just cancel the finale.

At 5/25/2006 10:19 AM, Anonymous JustSomeRandomGuy said...

NBC won't allow Game 3 to be on Monday Night - they have too much invested in the LIVE finalie, and as the most important partner in this group (since the NHL is just happy to be on network tv at all), I'd beleive NBC has final say what day these games can be on.
Plus the scheduling of the NHL games is obviously flexible, since they are looking to change the schedule.

So I wouldn't worry about the Apprentice being rescheduled.

You have to stop overthinking this stuff Walt.

At 5/25/2006 11:03 AM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

Actually, this is much different:

The NHL has genuine concerns over ice surfaces the further into late spring-early summer the playoffs go (due to humidity), and has for years. I'm sure this would be especially true in Edmonton since the arena the Oilers' play in is I believe older than most in the NHL currently in use, and that's why I suspect if the Conference Finals end quickly enough, the NHL will insist on the Finals starting earlier than scheduled, throwing a potentially huge monkey wrench into NBC's plans for The Apprentice finale. If Game 3 is on June 5, unless NBC elected to carry the finale early in most of the country from 7:30-9:00 PM or 8:00-9:30 PM Eastern Time (which NBC could do since Game 3 will be played in Edmonton in this scenario with the finale airing if so after the game on the west coast), the finale would have to be moved to another night (and the NHL worries first and foremost about the Canadian Broadcasting Company since the CBC I believe pays the NHL much greater rights fees than NBC, and NBC this time around doesn't have a say in the dates apparently).

The person who noted this in The Fishbowl happens to follow this kind of thing very closely, and this apparently has been going around in the media according to him. It would not surprise me if NBC got screwed with their current deal with the NHL because they would never have though the finals would potentially be played almost a week earlier than scheduled.


At 5/25/2006 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NBC has much more invested in the Apprentice finale than in hockey. They booked a theater in LA, they've scheduled all the "cast" members and contestants, the entire production crew and they've given/sold tickets to all the corporate sponsors, charities, VIPs, contest winners, etc.

The Apprentice live finale cannot be rescheduled. Hockey playoff games are always scheduled on a moment's notice.

You can be sure that NBC will be calling the shots on this. Not the NHL. NBC probably doesnt even make any money on hockey. They're not gonna piss off all their sponsors because of some canadian sport that no one in the US watches.

At 5/25/2006 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whenever I see "wallyhorse said..." I always read it as "Rabid speculation and silliness follows..."

At 5/25/2006 5:12 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

Like I said:

NBC could still air the finale early at 7:30 or 8:00 PM Eastern Time if Game 3 is that night (since Game 3 of the finals in this scenario will be in Edmonton, which is in the Mountain time zone (meaning a 7:00 or 7:30 PM local time start) with NBC airing the finale in the west after the game), however, a 7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT start of the finale would require enough affiliate clearences to do so, and many affiliates may refuse to go along.

NBC does have a ton invested in the finale, but they also have a contractual commitment with the NHL to show Games 3-7 of the Finals. The NHL from what I was told this afternoon seems hell-bent on starting the finals as quickly as possible, regardless of what NBC has planned for June 5.

If NBC has to move the finale, it may not air until June 19 because while Sunday 6/4 would be a logical alternate date, ABC would have Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals opposite it if that series goes the distance. Tuesday 6/6 could be the finale date, but NBC already has commitments to "Last Comic Standing" that night, and NBC may not be able to move that, and then NBC has to keep June 7, 10, 12 and 14 open for Games 4-7 if Game 3 is on June 5. Since ABC has NBA Finals Games on a Thursday-Sunday-Tuesday schedule starting June 8, that leaves Friday, June 9 and 16 as the only other possible finale dates after June 5.

It may seem boring to you, but I'm sure there are those at NBC who are furious with the NHL right now over this possibility.


At 5/25/2006 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you explain that all again? I didn't quite catch it the first seven times. Sorry, it's just very confusing with all those dates and everything.

At 5/25/2006 7:28 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

In a nutshell:

If BOTH NHL Conference finals series end by Sunday (Game 5 of Sabres-Hurricanes), Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be Wednesday 5/31, five days earlier than scheduled. If that happens, Game 3 gets moved up to Monday 6/5, possibly causing the finale to be postponed since NBC HAS A CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION to carry that game and then Games 4-7. Because of that and not wanting to air the finale opposite an NBA Eastern Conference final Game 7 or NBA Finals games on ABC, that could cause the finale to be pushed back to as late as June 19.

Hope that explains it.


At 5/26/2006 2:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL anaheim won, spoils your hypothesis. and who is to say the eastern series wont go 7, and the first 2 games being on oln, gets us any possible conflict. i now hope anaheim and carolina win in 7 games.

At 5/26/2006 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can wallyhorse be gagged or something. he just speculates and always gets it wrong.

At 5/26/2006 10:38 AM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

As I said:

If Carolina wins either tonight or Sunday OR Anaheim wins again tomorrow night, this all becomes moot. I wasn't even the one who brought this up originally, it was the other poster at The Fishbowl as noted in the first post.


At 5/26/2006 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should start your own blog. You can call it "Wallyhorse spills the facts (and forgets to clean them up)".

At 5/26/2006 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh guys this thread is so funny. Thanks!

At 5/27/2006 6:44 AM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

It's now moot:

Carolina defeated Buffalo on Friday night, so that series now can't end before Tuesday, meaning the earliest Game 1 of the Finals can be is next Saturday (6/3) with Game 2 on Monday 6/5, meaning the finale will go as scheduled a week from Monday.

I said all along the possible finale date change was only if the Stanley Cup Finals started early enough to have Game 3 on Monday 6/5, which actually could have still happened if Buffalo-Carolina ended Sunday and Anaheim-Edmonton was finished on Monday in six games since Game 1 could have been Thursday 6/1.


At 5/27/2006 10:27 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

New item:

This past Thursday (May 25), Tammy on short notice was in The Fishbowl as part of a Reality Radio special hosted by Rob Cestarino and Rebecca Cardon. She came on about an hour and 15 minutes into the show, and you can now download the entire show on The Fishbowl's sister site at:
(Once on the page, look for "click here to download" and right-click that to save it)



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