Mark Bouris.

Mark Bouris.

If you are wandering about the city in Sydney today and spot a celebrity or two having a tanty, be not afraid, it's (most probably) just the latest batch of contestants in Nine's reality series Celebrity Apprentice getting - and reacting to - their first assignment. The series goes into production on Monday and although it'll be hard to top the manic energy of Deni Hines from last year, the producers seem hell bent on courting controversy again with a selection of public identities infamous for sticking their necks out. Nine will release the full list of contestants on Tuesday, but we know so far the group includes Olympian Stephanie Rice, who dodged a PR disaster last year after tweeting a homophobic remark; Olympian Dawn Fraser who caused in international incident when she pinched a flag during the Tokyo Games in 1964; ex-footballer Dermott Brereton, best remembered as extremely aggressive on the field; former Uncanny X-Men frontman Brian Mannix, who lists the description ''mischievous'' in his bio; and media guru Prue MacSween, who in 2010 made a public apology for using the word ''retard'' on air. Actually, forget the misbehaving celebrities, keep an eye out for the television producer sobbing quietly on the side of the road.