"Shark Tank" is back for a fifth season, with the Sharks continuing the search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The critically-acclaimed business-themed show that is as educational as it is entertaining has grown in popularity and appeal. Last season the series became a ratings force, regularly finishing as Friday night's No. 1 program on the major networks among Adults 18-49. In addition, "Shark Tank" grew 17% year over year to deliver its highest-rated season ever.
In 2012 and 2013, "Shark Tank" received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Program. The series won the 2013 Summer TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. Additional nominations include the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Series and a 2013 Producers Guild Award.
The Sharks -- tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons -- will once again give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make the American dream come true and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. They are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; "Queen of QVC" Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary.
The entrepreneurs who dare to enter the Tank must try to convince the Sharks to part with their own hard-earned cash and give them the funding they desperately need to turn their dreams into million dollar realities. All of the good, bad, emotional and even absurd pitches help showcase the
"I wish I had thought of that" business ideas and products.
But the Sharks have a goal, too -- to get a return on their investment and own a piece of the next big business idea. When the Sharks hear an idea worth sinking their teeth into, they're more than ready to declare war and fight each other for a piece of it.
This season two guest Shark tycoon businessmen will be diving into the Tank for some episodes alongside the Sharks: Steve Tisch, Chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants, partner at Escape Artists Productions and the only person who has both an Oscar and Super Bowl trophy; and John Paul DeJoria, best known as the mogul behind the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patrón Spirits Company. Plus, due to popular demand, fans will get to see Barbara Corcoran and Lori Greiner go head to head for the first time ever.
There will also be specially-themed episodes, including one featuring children, teens and college students, as well as a Christmastime episode showcasing businesses and products with a holiday theme. The episodes will continue to include follow-up stories, allowing viewers the opportunity to see how some investments led to success.
In Season 5, the Sharks are on track to surpass the amount of money offered each season in their investment deals. Over the past four seasons, the Sharks have offered more than $23 million to bankroll a creative array of innovative entrepreneurs.
Viewers will continue to ride an emotional roller coaster this season, complete with heated fights between the Sharks, uncontrollable laughter and touching moments. Whichever way the wheeling and dealing may go, many people's lives will be better off -- because they dared to enter the unpredictable waters of the "Shark Tank."
Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of "Shark Tank," which is based on the Japanese "Dragons' Den" format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television.
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