NBC names its reality “Celebrities”


You already knew that Patti Blagojevich was going to be a contestant, after the judge refused to let hubby Rod, the ex-Governor of Illinois, leave the country while awaiting trial. NBC’s “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” kicked off Monday night with one indisputable celebrity, Lou Diamond Phillips, and some much less recognizable names – including one from another network’s hit reality competition show. Oh, and there’s a Baldwin brother. Doesn’t every show on television have one of the Baldwin brothers?

In the Costa Rican jungle to compete in the wild are: actor Stephen Baldwin (“The Usual Suspects”), Patti Blagojevich (wife of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich), supermodel and television star Janice Dickinson (“America’s Next Top Model,” “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency”), multi-talented actor Lou Diamond Phillips (“La Bamba,” “Stand and Deliver”), 2007 “American Idol” contestant Sanjaya Malakar, Spencer and Heidi Pratt (stars of MTV’s “The Hills”), NBA great and television personality John Salley (“Best Damn Sports Show Period”), WWE wrestler and beauty queen Torrie Wilson – and comedy duo (and real life best friends) Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, also known as “Frangela.”

As previously announced, Damien Fahey and Myleene Klass will serve as the co-hosts, and will be broadcasting from inside the Costa Rican jungle.

“With a lineup of contestants as dynamic as this, we can’t wait for viewers to experience these celebrities braving the elements – and each other, all in the name of charity,” said Jayson Dinsmore, executive producer of the summer reality series.