Arnold Schwarzenegger, pictured at a benefit in Santa Monica, is replacing Donald Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice”; on Wednesday, NBC released a promotional poster showing the former California governor on a horse.  (ChrisPizzello/ Invision/AP)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, pictured at a benefit in Santa Monica, is replacing Donald Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice”; on Wednesday, NBC released a promotional poster showing the former California governor on a horse. (ChrisPizzello/ Invision/AP)

Scoop: Arnie rides right in on new ‘Apprentice’ poster

What’s that saying about art imitating life? Or about politics imitating celebrity culture?

Arnold Schwarzenegger is slated to take over for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the host of “Celebrity Apprentice,”

On Wednesday, E! News offered an “exclusive” look at the former governor and “Terminator” star, on a new poster for the 15th season of the NBC show.

Schwarzenegger is seen on a horse, under the slogan “taking the reins,” with NBC seeming to indicate that the time indeed has come of “The New Celebrity Apprentice.”

New advisors in the reality competition are Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba, Warren Buffett and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, joining join Schwarzenegger’s nephew, entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.

Celebrities heading to the boardroom in the contest are: Jon Lovitz. Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Vince Neil, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson.

Hmmmm… we’ve actually heard of some of these folks. The season could be fun.

The date the show will air has not been announced. So we all have something to look forward to.


QUICK TAKES

Oscar-winning filmmaker and vintner Francis Ford Coppola has installed America’s first short-story vending machine in Café Zoetrope, his North Beach cafe; content apparently will be provided by Zoetrope: All-Story, Coppola’s online writing workshop. … CBS newsman Morley Safer is hanging up his microphone after 46 seasons on “60 Minutes,” and on Sunday, the news show’s whole episode will be devoted to the 84-year-old’s career. … Ray Romano will host a public tribute to his late TV mom Doris Roberts in New York. … The Joker, a new “extreme” hybrid wood and steel roller coaster, opens May 29 at Six Flags Discovery y Kingdom in Vallejo.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

S.F. 49er Nick Bellore is 27. …Actor Jason Biggs is 38. … Actress Kim Fields is 47. … Skateboarder Tony Hawk is 48. … Actor Emilio Estevez is 54. … Actor Ving Rhames in 57. … Singer Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn is 61. … Actor Gabriel Byrne is 66. … Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 66. … Actress Lindsay Crouse is 68. … Singer Steve Winwood is 68. … Composer Burt Bacharach is 88.

— Staff, wire reports

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