'I'm a Celebrity ...' cast unveiled
Series premieres June 1
By Nellie Andreeva
April 24, 2009, 02:58 PM ET
NBC on Friday unveiled the initial cast of its upcoming reality series “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!” and announced it has partnered on the series with MTV.
The cast so far is: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (MTV's "The Hills"), NBA star and TV personality John Salley ("Best Damned Sports Show Period"), supermodel and TV star Janice Dickinson ("The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency"), 2007 "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar, actor Stephen Baldwin ("The Mole,” “Celebrity Apprentice”) and professional wrestler and beauty queen Torrie Wilson.
As reported, previously cast former Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich had to pull out of the show after his request to travel to Costa Rica where “Celebrity” will be shot was turned down by a judge.
However, NBC and the show's producer Granada America on Friday said that they are still trying to find ways to keep him on "Celebrity."
Starting June 1 with a two-hour premiere, “Celebrity!" will be stripped over four weeks, airing Mondays through Thursdays (8-9 p.m.) for the first three weeks and Monday through Wednesday for the fourth week, including the finale on Wednesday, June 24 (8-9 p.m.).
MTV, which also is involved in the casting of “Celebrity,” will air a marathon of the week’s episodes each Sunday, beginning June 7. The recaps will include never-before-seen footage and commentary from cast members in real time.