This week on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday, Tiffany and I give you a dose of reality.
TV, that is.
Tiffany gives the popular, long running Survivor some love, while I talk about the show that’s all business, Shark Tank.
Shark Tank is a reality show that gives entrepeneurs with their business idea, often already executed to some extent, the opportunity to present their idea to a panel that is not only business savvy, but super rich.
Each member of the panel gets to ask the lucky entrepreneur questions about their endeavor, and if they like what they hear and see, the chance to invest.
This idea, like many American shows, is not new. While many believe the BBC started it with Dragon’s Den, the original show was made in Japan, with the name Tiger of Money. Canada picked it up under the same BBC name, which brought the show to the attention of Mark Burnett.
In case you have been living in a TV-less hole, Mark Burnett is the producer of several successful reality shows, such as Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, and The Voice. Shark Tank is no exception in the success department, being the highest rated show on Friday nights.
The idea wasn’t the only thing to come from our neighbors to the North. Two of the panelists, Kevin O’ Leary and Robert Herjavec were both on the Dragon’s Den panel. They are joined by three other panelists, Barbara Corcoran, a real estate mogul, Daymond John of FUBU fame, and a third panelist who has varied over the course of three seasons.
What makes this show so popular? Some nights, it’s the failures. People who may have a dream, but no real plan to go with it. Other nights, it’s the successes. Many nights its the debates between panelists. Whether it be over the value of a business, the treatment of those pitching, or an argument over a business more than one of them is interested in, drama draws viewers.
I’ll admit, the show doesn’t make it into my personal top ten, but if I find myself tuning in, I am hooked for the duration. I sit there trying to figure out which investor will make a move, or yelling at an entrepreneur for overvaluing their business (math is fun, ya’ll).
Also, I may have a crush on a panelist. Just sayin’.
I don’t set the DVR to catch this one, but I have friends that don’t miss an episode. (My sister watches with a calculator in hand.) For that reason, I give it a JFTV. I can pass on that bowl of jellybeans, but once I start, it’s a slippery slope.
Are you a fan of Shark Tank? What do you think about reality TV in general? Or American revamps of BBC shows?
Now, for more tales of the successes of Mark Burnett, flip over to Tiffany’s blog and read up on Survivor. If you don’t, she may vote you off the island.
Tune in next week when we’ll chat about…MORE TV!
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A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:
GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech