Budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multimillionaires who are willing to invest their own cash to kick-start the businesses in the original "Shark Tank." After each pitch, the Dragons have the opportunity to ask questions about the venture. The entrepreneurs don't always have to answer, but of course what they choose not to address could very well affect the outcome. The pitch is over when each of the Dragons has declared,"I'm out." Evan Davis hosts.
Jason Silva hosts this series that explores the components of the human brain and how they shape people's everyday lives. Each episode begins with Silva presenting a mind exercise intended to leave viewers thinking while serving as jumping-off points to explore the ways the brain functions. Visual perception, memory, skill-learning and decision-making are among the topics covered on the half-hour series geared toward teenagers. Silva educates and inspires the audience through a series of experiments and activities designed to help people use their brains in a better way.
Self-made millionaires Mike "Rooster" McConaughey -- brother of Oscar-winning actor Matthew -- and Wayne "Butch" Gilliam made their fortunes deep in the heart of Texas. Now, they're looking to share their wealth with other entrepreneurs by investing in their companies. Along with close friend Gil Prather, the investors invite ambitious entrepreneurs from across America to come to West Texas to make their case to secure funding for their ventures. Think of it as "Shark Tank" with cowboy hats instead of tailored suits. What the hopefuls don't realize, though, is that a good product and a positive balance sheet aren't enough to get an investment from McConaughey and Gilliam; the guys only make a deal after getting a true measure of an entrepreneur's character.
Jeff Corwin explores the underwater world and talks about the importance of conservation.
Dog Town, USA is the country's preeminent facility for abandoned and homeless dogs from all over the world, located in Utah on 33,000 acres of pristine land. The highly skilled staff members include internationally renowned experts and trusted medical professionals who all work to provide sanctuary, rehabilitation and personal care for each dog in preparation for their move to a "forever" home. Each stage of the detailed process is documented as the dogs hopefully end up being placed in loving homes with new owners.
Casey Anderson is a man dedicated to preserving wildlife. He also has a special approach to understanding grizzly bears, which can be seen in the close, unique relationship he has with Brutus. "Expedition Wild" follows Casey as he travels 60 kilometers to Yellowstone National Park, documenting grizzly bears and mountain lions as they hunt for food to prepare for hibernation. Along the way, Casey learns behaviors that he can teach to Brutus and witnesses the daily struggle wild animals endure to survive.
"Recipe Rehab" finds a fun way to participate in the effort to curb the rise of obesity in America with a competition that promotes the use of healthy, wholesome ingredients, and demonstrates the positive effects of healthy food choices. Each week two chefs face off in a competition to give one family's high-calorie recipe a new low-calorie twist. After the family members try out each recipe in their own kitchen, they decide their new favorite. Evette Rios hosts.
"Adventure Capitalists" can succinctly be described as "Shark Tank" for outdoor enthusiasts. In each hourlong episode, hopeful entrepreneurs pitch the investors -- the titular "adventure capitalists" -- their ideas for new outdoor products. The investors then head out into the world, going on expeditions through a variety of challenging terrains, to experience the products firsthand to see if they live up to the entrepreneurs' claims. If the tests are successful, the potential backers can choose to make a large investment in each product. The investors who have the option to change the entrepreneurs' lives include former NFL player and TV host Dhani Jones, former Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom and American gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East.
Some inventions make lots of money for the people who create them, but others are less successful and eventually given up on by their inventors. In this series, some of those unsuccessful products are given a second chance to gain popularity. Engineers scour the country in search of items they think can make it big. They then locate the inventors, giving them resources and advice that can help take the products to the next level. After building, testing and perfecting the products, the inventors are given the opportunity to pitch their improved products with the ultimate goal of getting them on the market -- giving the inventors a second chance at making millions from their ideas.
Budding entrepreneurs get the chance to bring their dreams to fruition in this reality show from executive producer Mark Burnett. They present their ideas to the sharks in the tank -- five titans of industry who made their own dreams a reality and turned their ideas into lucrative empires. The contestants try to convince any one of the sharks to invest money in their idea. When more than one of the sharks decide they want a piece of the action, a bidding war can erupt, driving up the price of the investment.