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Different in name and approach, The Celebrity Apprentice is both a whole new game and the whole old game as well. Obvious difference? Well (duh), celebrities! A boatload of 'em vying for Donald Trump's love and affection. Most important, the winner will deliver a $250,000 check to a charity of choice.

There's a little bit of back-to-basics here, too (aside from its return to the Big Apple). Celebrities, for example, won't be constructing elaborate marketing plans to sell H3X Hummers, but elaborate marketing plans to sell hot dogs and the like.

The boardroom assumes a greater role this time, and George Ross is back, along with Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump. The room scene also has a new element called "the rotating seat," where business leaders come in to join Trump and his minions in judgment.

Here's the list of the celebrities:

Trace Adkins: Country music star; "There's a Girl in Texas" was a big hit.

Carol Alt: Famous model from the 1980s and '90s; raw-food advocate; has her own cosmetics line.

Stephen Baldwin: Plenty of film roles (most recently Fred Claus); became a born-again Christian after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Nadia Comaneci: Household name after her 1976 Olympics gymnastics triumph; the "new face" of L'Oreal.

Tiffany Fallon: 2005 Playboy Playmate; Atlanta Falcons cheerleader; married to Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts.

Jennie Finch: Superstar softball player; member of 2004 and 2008 Olympic softball teams; sells something called "the Jennie Finch Windmill," which her dad invented to improve pitching techniques.

Nely Galan: Media entrepreneur; former boss of Telemundo; her company produced reality series The Swan.

Marilu Henner: Actress (of course) who has done tons of TV shows; most famous as Elaine Nardo from Taxi; motivational speaker/writer; her new book, Wear Your Life Well, comes out April 8.

Lennox Lewis: Former heavyweight-boxing champion; three times, in fact.

Omarosa: Famous, or infamous, from first season of The Apprentice; former "deputy associate director of presidential personnel at the White House" for President Bill Clinton.

Piers Morgan: Brit/FOS (Friend of Simon) and judge on America's Got Talent; former tabloid editor and author.

Tito Ortiz: Ultimate Fighting champ; light heavyweight record, 2000-2003; has own clothing line.

Vincent Pastore: Big Pussy on The Sopranos; current Broadway gig playing Amos Hart in Chicago.

Gene Simmons: KISS' tongue-wagger; star of his own cable reality show (Gene Simmons Family Jewels); real name: Chaim Witz.

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