Obsession of the Week: ABC’s “Shark Tank”

Can’t say enough about how much I love the “Shark Tank”. I loved it last season and was bummed when it seemed to disappear. Well, it’s back and better than ever. This entrepreneurial show makes Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” look amateurish. The show has 5 multi-millionaires and billionaires (the sharks), including Mark Cuban and out-of-place Jeff Foxworthy, who invest their own money into the products and services being pitched to them from average Americans. Some ideas seem brilliant, others seem ridiculous.

What’s most engaging is when the sharks fight one another over the investment they want. It’s like a high stakes poker game to them where beating your “friends” is more important than just winning. It gets dirty between them as they posture and position themselves as the best investor for the idea, while mocking and putting down the other sharks. Other times they throw in together to put one over on another one of the sharks.

The twists and turns are plentiful. You may guess how you think it will turn out for each person coming into the shark tank but without any real rules – anything can happen and does. At times, I’m literally on the edge of my seat watching as dreams and lives change in an instant. Some get what they are looking for, others get more and then some go home with nothing but an insult from one of the sharks (typically billionaire Kevin O’Leary).

The show is based on the Japanese show called “Dragon Den” produced by Sony. This American version is produced both by Sony and reality-show mega-producer, Mark Burnett (“Survivor” and “The Apprentice”). It really is one of the best reality shows out there. Watch it! It’s on ABC Friday nights at 8 pm.

Here’s a trailer to introduce you to the show:

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“Obsession of the Week” (OTW) posts talk about some pop culture reference that has infiltrated my head for the week. I use “obsession” because aren’t we all little obsessive and fanatical about the things we like so much to the point that we saturate ourselves in it and make ourselves sick of it only to move on to something else.


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