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'Dragons' Den' Star Arlene Dickinson on Her New Book, 'Persuasion,' and Why Sofia Vergara Is a Good Role Model

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Sep 27th 2011 10:00AM
You may know her remarkable back-story by now: 'Dragons' Den' sweetheart Arlene Dickinson went from being a broke, divorced mother of four without custody of her children at age 31 to being one of the most widely respected entrepreneurs in Canada. The secret to her success? Persuading herself she was capable of anything.

It's pretty rare that people completely overhaul their lives past 30, which is part of what makes Dickinson's new book, 'Persuasion,' so compelling. While it's a business book at its core, Dickinson illustrates her points with some very personal anecdotes, including her painful divorce, her struggle to win custody of her children and her excommunication from her Mormon church. She even opens up about the affair she had towards the end of her rocky first marriage.

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Which British Reality Shows Should the CW Re-Air?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 24th 2010 5:30PM
raymond_blanc_last_restaurant_standing_bbcaSome of the best reality shows on American television are based on ideas from other countries. That's not big news; it's a fact. This, however, is news: The CW is thinking about broadcasting a couple of British reality shows this summer instead of new programming. As Deadline.com reports, the network is not looking to do their version of the UK shows. They're simply going to re-run the shows as they aired in England.

For a network that's struggling for ratings, like the CW has all year long, this is a wise idea. And if they're smart enough to pick the right Brit shows, they could turn a tidy profit -- which is the point for the bean counters after all. From our point of view, there are at least six excellent British imports CW could re-air without altering a thing. Here are our choices:

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What to Watch: January 11 - 17

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 11th 2010 1:11AM

NCIS - Tuesday January 12, 8 pm, Global/CBS

Tonight, the 150th episode of 'NCIS' airs, and it strikes me that it's about time I watched this show. It always seemed like an unlikely hit to me. As a spin-off of 'JAG', it seemed hopelessly old-fashioned, and I was busy watching Grissom on 'CSI'. But Grissom has gone the way of the dodo, and now 'NCIS' is a ratings hit, an award-winner and has a spin-off of its very own in 'NCIS: Los Angeles.' But I do think it's interesting that the big guest star tonight is Robert Wagner, who was born in 1930. Now that's old-fashioned.

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Dragons' Den: Two Million Viewers Can't Be Wrong

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Nov 26th 2009 2:04AM

Who'd have thought a show about investing would attract millions of viewers each week? Ratings for 'Dragons' Den' hit the two million mark this season, which puts it right up there with 'Hockey Night in Canada'. Season 4 wraps up in December, but the Dragons aren't wasting any time launching the next round: season 5 kicks off in early January.

The show's five judges, Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary, Jim Treliving and W. Brett Wilson, have become some of Canada's most recognized business executives. We sat down with Arlene, Brett and host Dianne Buckner to get the scoop on the goofiest pitches ever, armchair Dragons, and what's in store for season 5.

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The Best BBC America Shows You're Not Watching

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Oct 30th 2009 5:46PM
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Britain's BBC is a breeding ground for American television. Our classics like 'Survivor,' 'American Idol,' 'America's Got Talent,' 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' and countless others started out as BBC successes that were later tweaked for the American market. In fact, the hit BBC series 'Being Human' has just been Americanized for the SyFy channel. So why not check out these shows in their first incarnation? BBC America is chock full of Brit comedic wit, outstanding series and cheeky talk shows. Below is a list of our top 10 faves and some honorable mentions.

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What to Watch: September 28 - October 4

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 28th 2009 6:00AM

Ace of Cakes (Thursday,10 pm, Food)

Here's my call: 2010 is the year of cake. 'Ace of Cakes' will be the new 'Dog Whisperer' and soon we'll all talk with confidence about fondant the way 'Project Runway' has taught us to talk about draping. Get geared up with a visit to the Cake Wrecks blog.

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ABC diving into The Shark Tank

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 4th 2008 8:21AM
ABC Dives into The Shark TankWhen I first heard about a reality show called The Shark Tank, I thought, oh great. They've taken things too far and are planning to throw people into tanks with sharks. It's not quite that insane, but budding entrepreneurs might want to tune in for some pointers.

Helmed by Mr. Reality himself, Mark Burnett, The Shark Tank has been ordered to pilot by ABC. As I understand it, the unscripted project is adapted from a Japanese show called Money Tiger, which aired on Nippon Television from 2001 to 2004. The show has since been produced in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, the Netherlands, Finland, Nigeria, and the U.K.

The premise is interesting: aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to moguls, a.k.a. "Sharks," in hopes of landing investment funds.

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