WEEK AHEAD: Trump Hires His Apprentice
SUNDAY, DEC. 12: After all the alliances and in-fighting, Survivor: Vanuatu is down to its finale, with Rancher Scout Cloud Lee, highway repairwoman Twila Tanner, pre-law student Eliza Orlin and construction worker Chris Daugherty as the final four castaways vying for $1 million. Eliza's constant talking has annoyed many a teammate and it could backfire on her at the tribal council, while Twila's drive could take her to the finish line. But don't count out earth mother Scout or the last man standing, Chris. The show's two-hour finale airs at 8 p.m., followed by an hourlong reunion special.
MONDAY, DEC. 13: Oscar contenders, set your alarm clocks: Nominations for the 62nd Golden Globe Awards will be announced at 5:30 a.m. PT from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Expect to see National Board of Review best actor and actress Jamie Foxx (Ray) and Annette Bening (Being Julia) on the list of contenders. Johnny Depp's Finding Neverland also could earn Golden Globe nods, as could Hilary Swank: The Oscar winner is scoring buzz for her role as a female boxer in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby. The Golden Globes, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will air live on NBC Jan. 16.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15: Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife Robin will spread some holiday cheer when they host the annual Christmas in Washington special, which will air on TNT. The event, taped at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., will feature performances by Ruben Studdard, LeAnn Rimes, teen sensation JoJo, Michael McDonald and Vanessa Williams. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will be on hand for the festivities. In the spirit of the season of giving, proceeds from the event will go to the National Children's Medical Center.
THURSDAY, DEC. 16: The 9,000th episode of All My Children will air, after 34 years of prison breaks, twisted romances and backstabbing. Susan Lucci, who plays diva Erica Kane (and finally won an Emmy in 1999 for her role after being nominated 19 times) has been on the show since its 1970 debut. "Part of it is the script is different every day," Lucci told the Associated Press about how the show has stayed fresh. "You have no choice. It's hot off the presses." For the milestone episode, the show will revolve around the ongoing saga of Erica's daughter's missing baby.
Meanwhile, with bridal-store owner Sandy Ferreira and law student Kevin Allen fired, Donald Trump will choose between software exec Kelly Perdew and lawyer Jennifer Massey on The Apprentice's three-hour finale, airing at 8 p.m. In the final face-off, Kelly must organize a charity polo match, while Jen will have to put on a charity basketball tournament. Trump himself will reveal his decision in a live broadcast from New York's Lincoln Center, and the winner will get to hear those magic words – "You're hired" – complete with a six-figure salary.