Sunday, May 21, 2006

OA EXCLUSIVE: The Final Tasks

We've been gathering more information on the final tasks. We've told you about guest appearances by Michael J. Fox, Jaime Pressly, Denis Leary, Jason Priestley, Stephen Baldwin and the Barenaked Ladies. We've also told you about the celebrity hockey event and the rock concert.

Now we're ready to provide further details and to share some photos and videos.

Celebrity Hockey Task

One finalist was challenged to put on a celebrity hockey event. Michael J. Fox and Denis Leary are huge hockey fans from Canada so we suspect they were involved with this task. Along with NHL hall of famer Cam Neely, they're heavily involved in charity work, supporting The Leary Firefighters Foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. The three of them (pictured together in uniform, but not from The Apprentice) appear together annually at the Betting On A Cause & A Cure event that supports all three organizations.

We reported earlier that the rock concert task took place on Tuesday, November 8, 2005. We don't have the exact date for the hockey event, but we know that Leary and Fox were together in Toronto Monday night, November 7th, for Cam Neely's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Will this interfere with the celebrity hockey event? Final tasks on The Apprentice have a history of celebrity no-shows, including Chris Webber and Joe Piscopo. Stay tuned to see what happens.

Stephen Baldwin played hockey in Slap Shot 2, so we suspect he's also involved in the sporting event.

It's more difficult to figure out Jason Priestley's role in the show. He's also a hockey fanatic from Canada. On the other hand, he's close friends with the Barenaked Ladies (pictured here with the band, not from The Apprentice). They performed at his wedding and he directed their documentary. They even use the same webmaster. He could be involved with either the hockey event or the concert.

Barenaked Ladies Concert

For the other candidate's final task, BNL played a private concert at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. As Jessica Simpson did for her Apprentice event, the band members appeared at a "meet & greet" event prior to their performance.

Then they went on stage to play at least 15 songs, including fan favorites such as It's All Been Done, One Week and If I had a Million Dollars. Their encore performance was Brian Wilson (video here). We don't know if they played any of their three chanukah songs.

Thanks to this blogger, we have pictures from the event. Unfortunately, none of the candidates are visible.

SLS International investors are speculating that the company stock may jump after an appearance on the season finale. They're wondering how much airtime their company's product will get. Much to their dismay, the SLS audio system is not the focus of the show. As seen in the picture below, though, their speakers were visible to the Taj Mahal audience. As you can see, Pontiac is the corporate sponsor. Earlier rumors of Best Buy's involvement in the finale appear to be false.


At 5/21/2006 3:17 AM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...


Thanks for all the info. Right now, your guess is as good as mine on what will happen.

Not that it matters, but I did find that Sean and Pepi are both on MySpace:




At 5/21/2006 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the SLS Q-LINE GOLD home theatre system, its supposed to be a focus of the show, anything on that, not their monitors or pro line equipment as shown in the pictures?

At 5/21/2006 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we know for a fact that the two people on the losing team will get fired?

At 5/21/2006 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, we don't know that. BTW, where are the videos?

At 5/21/2006 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Click on where it says "video here"

At 5/21/2006 6:14 PM, Anonymous Orthodox Apprentice said...

The video is no longer available on the website. If anyone has their own website, with space available to store and serve the file, please email orthoprentice - at - yahoo - dot - com.

We'll then e-mail the file to you and place a link from here to the file on your site. Thank you.

At 5/21/2006 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitch, sure don't like the way your'e trying to sway people that SLS isn't going to have a big part in the finale. First of all, its a two show finale this year, the BNL concert and hockey game is on May 29th, then SLS and Best Buy is on the June 5th show. So before you start spouting off, get your facts straight!

At 5/21/2006 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SLS pumper/dumpers- All of you have clearly NEVER watched The Apprentice and you're just talking sh**. Stop blabbering about your loser stock over here. There's no such thing as four tasks for two finalists and SLS & Best Buy have never been mentioned as sponsors for the show. The way the show works is they prepare for the task in one episode. Then for the finale we see the actual events (hockey game & concert) and Trump picks a winner.

At 5/21/2006 7:05 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

As far as the firings:

Yes, we know two are being "fired" and there are no interviews. As noted elsewhere, this is most likely because the final tasks that are taking place may not have necessairly been the originally planned final tasks, but had to be moved into those spots because they may be as much as four days earlier than the final tasks were originally supposed to take place (traditionally, the final tasks have been on a weekend, with if so a task scheduled for November 6-8, then the interviews on Wednesday 11/9 and the final tasks from November 10-12), and the interviews could not be moved up due to the executives who were scheduled to handle the interviews unable to adjust schedules to handle the interviews (on likely Saturday, November 6) if they had to have been moved up.

This in turn may have been due possibly to a task that had been scheduled between October 7-25 having to be cancelled due to extreme weather at that time (and not able to be re-scheduled), with if that having been the case other tasks having to be moved around to make up for that. Another possibility that I didn't think of earlier is that the Friday following what turned out to be the final tasks (November 11) was Veteran's Day, and it's always possible that a number of union workers refused to work that day (or demanded to be paid extra), which also could have forced the schedule to be scrambled with the finale moved up as a result of that.

In a nutshell, there were no interviews this time around, most likely because of one of the two possible scenarios that in either case forced producers to scrap whatever were the original final tasks (that would have taken place on Saturday, November 12 in all likelyhood) and use alternate events that turned out to be the actual final tasks.


At 5/22/2006 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why cant it just be that no interviews were scheduled??? sometimes its just that simple.

At 5/22/2006 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SLS on June 5th Apprentice finale

"The timing of the Q Line Gold System product offering in Best Buy stores coincides with its product debut on the series finale of "The Apprentice," the popular reality show which stars Donald Trump and is produced by Mark Burnett Productions in association with Trump Productions LLC. The series finale is scheduled to air on June 5th."

At 5/22/2006 5:08 AM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

As far as interviews:

There WERE interviews last time around on Martha's version, which was filmed AFTER "Apprentice 4" was. The almost-certain reason in the eyes of many there were no interviews on "A4" was because of Alla's stripper past and concerns (if so most likely by NBC) that Alla's past would have revealed during such interviews and overheard by people not authorized to be around where they were taking place, and in turn such parties spoiling "A4" before it ever aired last fall (the interviews for "A4" would have taken place last May 18, the day before the finale for "A3" that there was considerable media around for).

In the case of "A5", severe weather last October in my opinion almost certainly forced one task to be cancelled entirely and not able to be made up, which if so very likely then forced producers to scramble and causing a series of residual effects as noted above.


At 5/22/2006 11:37 AM, Blogger Realblondie said...

Does anyone have an opinion on who would be the one to be attraced to the Bear Naked Ladies?

At 5/22/2006 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the other lets his heart lead him astray while staging a massive rock concert"

This doesnt have to mean someones attracted to the band. Maybe sean is distracted by Tammy. Or something else like that.

At 5/22/2006 1:20 PM, Blogger Realblondie said...

i didnt even think of that... thanks

At 5/22/2006 4:34 PM, Anonymous Wally World said...

I had my VCR set up to record Apprentice this past Friday night, but guess what? It wasn't on!!! I could swear someone said it would be moving to Fridays at the end of May. Does the new schedule start at the end of this week? Inquiring minds wanna know!

At 5/22/2006 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as far as what is says on, Apprentice is staying on mondays

At 5/22/2006 10:32 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

Wally World:

I said ONLY if NBC decided to air "DOND" all the way through last week and then a sitcom following it since it would have run to 10:25 would NBC have had to move "The Apprentice" to another night. Since they didn't it didn't happened.

Anyway, as I said way back, I was very sure Lee was in the final two because of what I thought was NBC's original plan for this season, that being the last Monday episode being May 8 (and that being the Hair Cuttery task), with the show moved to Fridays starting with May 19 and the finale on Friday, June 16 (and not on Thursdays due to ABC having NBA Finals games on Thursdays, June 8 & 15). With Lee in the final two, it would have created a very awkward situation for NBC having a Friday night finale, which likely forced NBC to move it up to Monday, June 5 (while many outlets had Monday, June 12 as the finale date, that was NEVER going to be such due to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals that night).

Perhaps that really was the case.


At 5/23/2006 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well now that we know the final 2, it's time to speculate which team members will be chosen by each remaining candidate to help them in the final task. If the number of people chosen by each player remains as 3, my predictions are:
Lee-Lenny, Roxanne and Michael
Sean-Tammy, Andrea and Tarek
These seem like the most logical guesses.


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