NEW YORK (AP) – They’ve pushed toys, ice cream and toothpaste. And now, the Mosaic team from NBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ is selling wares on QVC. Again.

The second-season reality show contestants faced the home shopping channel’s cameras for a men-versus-women challenge in Thursday’s episode.

On Monday, the winning team members – project manager Chris Russo, Kelly Perdew, Kevin Allen, Wes Moss, Andy Litinsky, John Willenborg and Raj Bhakta – will visit QVC once again.

The appearance is unusual, considering most “Apprentice” contestants – like many reality TV show participants – are required to lay low until they’re fired or win.

“We are very excited to have ‘The Apprentice’ team back at QVC,” Darlene Daggett, QVC’s president of U.S. commerce, said in a statement Friday. “This is the first time that anyone other than the ‘firee’ has made an appearance on behalf of the reality television hit and we are thrilled that it’s happening live on QVC.”

The contestants will be joined by QVC product pros, who won’t be grilling the contestants for spoilers. Instead, they’ll help them sell sandwich grills, “Look at that melted cheese,” gushed Willenborg on Thursday’s episode, and a water-activated cleaning block set, as well as copies of the first season of “The Apprentice” on DVD.

The Mosaic team will be joined by recently fired Pamela Day and last season’s over-the-top contestant Sam Solovey.

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) – Former NFL quarterback John Elway’s Alaskan malamute has gotten him in trouble – again.

Elway, who’s been cited at least six times for the family dog’s escapades, appeared in court Thursday and was fined $200 because the dog, Kimo, got loose in Elway’s neighborhood while Elway was being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

Elway told the judge he was dog-sitting the 150-pound pet, who normally lives with his former wife, Janet.

He also said he would never dog-sit again, said Michelle Edwardson, a Cherry Hills animal control officer.

“I’m a football fan, and I’m an Elway fan, but I honestly believe in pet responsibility and everybody should be treated the same,” Edwardson said.

Prior, Perry give to reward fund

Comedian Richard Pryor and former “Friends” star Matthew Perry are adding to the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who drowned a golden retriever in the surf on the Massachusetts coast.

The dog, which police said had been tied up, muzzled and stuffed inside a burlap bag, was found on Sept. 21 by a person walking on the beach in Nahant, Mass.

Pryor and his wife, Jennifer, have donated $1,000 to the reward fund, said Linda Horsley, a pet sitter from Nahant who is helping to organize the reward efforts. They have also paid for a banner to appear at a fund-raising walk for the MSPCA on Oct. 17.

The MSPCA, which has raised a total of $12,000 thus far, said Perry has also contributed to the fund.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Denmark’s Queen Margrethe will design the costumes and scenery for an upcoming play based on the fairy tale “Thumbelina,” written by Hans Christian Andersen.

The popular 64-year-old monarch has done this kind of work before. In 2001, she designed the outfits and scenery for a play inspired by three of Andersen’s fairy tales.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be able to work with another show,” she said.

Margrethe said she has not yet completed the sketches for “Thumbelina,” but said she has “more ideas for different characters than there is room for on the stage.”

The play will be performed in Copenhagen’s Tivoli gardens next year.

Margrethe has also illustrated many books, including a 1977 Danish edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings.” In 2003, she did decoupages to illustrate a new edition of Danish writer Karen Blixen’s “Seven Gothic Tales.”

SHANGHAI, China (AP) – Famed for their high-minded dramas set in exotic locales, the producing-directing team of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory are taking on Shanghai for their 47th movie.

Set in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of the 1930s, “The White Countess” portrays the relationship between a blind, disillusioned former American diplomat played by Ralph Fiennes and an exiled Russian noblewoman portrayed by Natasha Richardson.

“It’s not strictly a realistic film. It’s more an impression of the city,” director Ivory said Friday.

Shooting began two weeks ago using Shanghai’s row houses, art deco hotels and hulking stone banks on the banks of the Huangpu River as a backdrop. The film is scheduled to be released late next year.

The movie marks a return to the pair’s trademark period dramas after a detour into modern farce with last year’s “Le Divorce.” It’s also a reunion with scriptwriter Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novel “The Remains of the Day” was made into a movie that won Merchant and Ivory one of their three Academy Awards.

“We have just seen some of the rushes and we feel very elated,” Merchant said.

Fiennes said he prepared for his role by observing a blind man’s average day with the help of Britain’s Royal Society for the Blind. He praised Merchant and Ivory for working on location when other filmmakers might have opted for a Hollywood set.

“To be making a film in Shanghai about Shanghai in the 1930s is a great chance to explore interaction between cultures,” the two-time Academy Award nominee said.

Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, John Wood, Madeleine Potter and veteran Broadway actor Wang Luoyong also appear in the film.


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