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Great American Road Trip collides with American Inventor

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 8th 2009 1:00PM
Silvio DiSalvatore - The Great American Road TripI'll admit it upfront, I watched this week's premiere of NBC's Great American Road Trip. What can I say? I enjoy reality series, there was nothing else on TV, plus I had to tune in to NBC to watch and review America's Got Talent.

When the families were presented, I couldn't get over the feeling that I had seen Silvio DiSalvatore before on another reality show. Thanks to IMDb.com I quickly connected the dots ... DiSalvatore appeared on American Inventor, and it wasn't pretty. Considering the "invention" DiSalvatore presented and the response he got from the judges and viewers back then, it wouldn't surprise me if NBC actually asked him and his family to appear on Road Trip. Let's face it, DiSalvatore is quite a character and so was his "invention".

Don't recall what invention DiSalvatore created? Silly video and a link to his official web site after the jump!

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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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Firefighter wins American Inventor

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Aug 2nd 2007 3:00PM
American InventorLast night, this summer's winner of ABC's American Inventor was crowned. Firefighter Greg Chavez's invention, Guardian Angel, was voted by Americans as the best invention out of the Top 3 selected by the judges.

When Chavez presented his idea to the judges during the auditions, he hadn't won them all over (Pat Croce voted no) because he didn't have a working model; actually, his brilliant idea was only put on paper. But thanks to his passion and the fact that his idea could save lives if it worked, he got enough votes to not only become a San Francisco finalist but to end up in the Top 6.

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What's On Tonight: Last Comic Standing, World Poker Tour, The Nine

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 1st 2007 5:02PM
  • Rescue MeAt 8, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance, then a new Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • BBC America has a new Footballer's Wives at 8.
  • TCM has the movie A Place in the Sun at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new American Inventor, then a new episode of The Nine (yes, The Nine!).
  • NBC has a new Last Comic Standing at 9, followed by a new Dateline.
  • CNBC has a new Fast Money MBA Challenge at 9.
  • There are two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne starting at 9 on TBS.
  • History Channel has a new Modern Marvels at 9.
  • ESPN2 has a new installment of The Bronx is Burning at 9.
  • Also at 9: The Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour.
  • At 10, FX has a new Rescue Me.
  • If you get NESN in your area, Sox Appeal, the new Red Sox dating show from the makers of Queer Eye, debuts at 10 (or after the Sox/Orioles game).
  • Remember chef Rocco DiSpirito from The Restaurant? He's on tonight's new Top Chef, on Bravo at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: American Inventor, Last Comic Standing, Rescue Me

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 25th 2007 5:04PM
  • The SimpsonsAt 8, ABC has a new The Next Best Thing, followed by a new American Inventor.
  • NBC has a new Most Outrageous Moments at 8, then new episodes of Last Comic Standing and Dateline.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 8, then a new Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • Discovery has a new Really Big Things at 8.
  • At 9, CNBC has Big Mac: Inside The McDonald's Empire.
  • There are two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne on TBS at 9.
  • On a new Challenge, cooks try to make the ultimate Simpsons cake. It's on Food Network at 9.
  • At 10, PBS has a new American Masters.
  • FX has a new Rescue Me at 10.
  • Discovery has two new eps of Cash Cab starting at 10.
  • Also at 10: HBO repeats Bill Maher's live special from last weekend.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Last Comic Standing, American Masters, Rescue Me

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 18th 2007 5:03PM
  • TravelerAt 8, ABC has a new The Next Best Thing, followed by a new American Inventor and the series finale (?) of Traveler.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 8.
  • There's a new Most Outrageous Moments special on NBC at 8, then new episodes of Last Comic Standing and Dateline.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne starting at 8.
  • Also at 8: Court TV has a new Most Shocking, then new episodes of Forensics Files, L.A. Forensics, Haunting Evidence, and Psychic Detectives.
  • At 9, PBS has a new American Masters, profiling David Hockney.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9, then a new Destination Truth.
  • BBC America has a new Footballer's Wives at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Rescue Me.
  • Discovery has two new episodes of Cash Cab at 10.
  • History Channel has a new Modern Marvels at 10.
  • There's a new Top Chef on Bravo at 10 (repeated at 11).
  • At 10:30, MTV has a new "Where Are They Now?" episode of Jackass.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Stump the King - Happy Days

by Paul Goebel, posted Jul 2nd 2007 1:57PM

AYYYYYY!Well, I don't know how it is in the rest of the country but the summer is in full swing here in Los Angeles. It's really hot here and the pool is filled with people every day. The biggest indicator, however, is the arrival of the summer reality series.

Hell's Kitchen, American Inventor and the most insidious of the summer shows, Big Brother. I look forward to the premiere of BB the same way that kids look forward to the last day of school. I revel in the voyeuristic thrill that comes from seeing complete strangers behave in the most ridiculous manner.

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What's On Tonight: Patton Oswalt, Paris Hilton, Rescue Me, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 27th 2007 5:05PM
  • TravelerAt 8, ABC has a new The Next Best Thing, then new episodes of American Inventor and Traveler.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance at 8.
  • The CW has two new episodes of Hidden Palms starting at 8.
  • Also at 8: Patton Oswalt guests on Emeril Live, on Food Network.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Last Comic Standing, followed by a new Dateline.
  • Paris Hilton talks to Larry King at 9 on CNN.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Footballers at 9.
  • At 10, History Channel has a new Modern Marvels.
  • There's a new Top Chef on Bravo at 10.
  • FX has a new Rescue Me at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Lil' Bush.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Last Comic Standing, Hidden Palms, Cash Cab

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 20th 2007 5:02PM
  • At 8, ABC has a new The Next Best Thing, followed by new episodes of American Inventor and Traveler.
  • CBS has the new special AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies at 8.
  • NBC has two new episodes of Last Comic Standing starting at 8, then a new Dateline.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance at 8.
  • There's a new Hidden Palms on The CW at 8, then another new episode.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters, followed by two new episodes of Cash Cab.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 10, The History Channel has a new Modern Marvels.
  • On Food Network at 10, a new Good Eats has Alton Brown looking at the world of pretzels.
  • Also at 10: FX has a new Rescue Me.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: American Inventor, Last Comic Standing, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2007 5:09PM
  • Denis LearyAt 8, ABC has a new episode of The Next Best Thing, followed by a new American Inventor and a new Traveler.
  • CBS has a new Creature Comforts at 8.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, then the season premiere of Last Comic Standing.
  • There's a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance on FOX at 8.
  • TCM has The Big Combo at 8, with Cornel Wilde, then Suddenly, Last Summer, with Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift.
  • At 9 on CNN, Larry King talks to Regis Philbin.
  • There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Footballer's Wives at 9.
  • Also at 9: the Travel Channel has a new "Fathers and Sons" World Poker Tour.
  • At 10, FX has the season premiere of Rescue Me.
  • Bravo has the season premiere of Top Chef at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has the series premiere of Lil' Bush.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending June 10

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2007 8:01AM

America's Got TalentHere are the weekly TV ratings, by number of viewers.

1. America's Got Talent (NBC)
2. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
3. So You Think You Can Dance - Weds (FOX)
4. So You Think You Can Dance - Thurs (FOX)
5. Deal Or No Deal - Tues (NBC)
6. CSI (CBS)
7. CSI: Miami (CBS)
8. 60 Minutes (CBS)
9. NCIS (CBS)
10. Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader (FOX)
11. CSI: NY (CBS)
12. NBA Finals - Game 1 (CBS)
13. Shark (CBS)
14. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
15. NBA Finals - Game 2 (CBS)
16. The Next Best Thing (ABC)
17. Hell's Kitchen (FOX)
18. House (FOX)
19. American Inventor (ABC)
20. Criminal Minds (CBS)

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What's On Tonight: American Inventor, Ghost Hunters, Good Eats

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 6th 2007 5:02PM
  • World Poker Tour logoAt 8, ABC has a new The Next Best Thing: Who Is The Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?, followed by the season premiere of American Inventor and a new Traveler.
  • NBC has the Senators/Ducks game at 8.
  • The CW has a new Hidden Palms at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • At 9, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • TBS has the series premiere of Tyler Perry's House of Payne at 9, followed by another new episode.
  • There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi has the season premiere of Ghost Hunters, then a new Destination Truth.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Good Eats.
  • There's a new Top Chef on Bravo at 10, where cast members from the first two seasons compete for charity.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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George Foreman to be a judge on American Inventor

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 21st 2007 10:04AM

George ForemanLooks like they're shaking things up for the second season of ABC's American Inventor (after the first season, they'd almost have to, right?).

Former boxer and grill impresario George Foreman is going to be one of the judges for the contest this season. He joins Peter Jones (returning for another season), Pat Croce, a former NBA exec, and Sara Blakely, who is described as an "undergarments entrepreneur" and "creator of Spanx." That sounds like something that could have been invented on this show, yet really dirty. The second season will also see a new host, Nick Smith.

What, no Doug Hall this year? He was the Simon Cowell of the group! And no Mary Lou Quinlan? She was the...well, Paula Abdul of the group.

The show returns on June 6 at 9pm.

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American Inventor auditions announced

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 13th 2007 4:21PM

American Inventor logoOne of America's lamest reality shows has just announced the audition schedule for the second season of the show, which airs on ABC.

The first audition venue is in Los Angeles on March 18. The other dates and places are as follows: San Francisco, March 25; Chicago, March 31; New York City, April 4; Orlando, April 9; and Houston on April 13. Inventors have to be at the venue no later than 8am, so it's good that someone invented the alarm clock.

And I say this is one of the lamest show not because some of the inventions weren't good (the winner of the first season, who came up with a new baby car seat, is working with Evenflo, and that's great to hear), it's the fact that the judges are kind of hard to take, and some of the inventions they let get through to later rounds were...gah. Let's hope the second season is a little more satisfying (and please, editors, let's cut way down on all of the weepy stories and people talking about their DREAMS. Please?)

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Sunday Night Football is a reality show

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2006 3:28PM
LostOh, that Parents Television Council is at it again.

They've just released their list of the "cleanest" TV shows, and the winners are...reality shows?!

The "Most Suitable" shows for families and kids are Extreme Makeover, Sunday Night Football, Deal Or No Deal, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and American Inventor. The "Least Suitable" shows, the ones that will send your kids straight to hell, are Lost, House, The War at Home, Grey's Anatomy, Prison Break, American Dad, Family Guy, Desperate Housewives, and CSI.

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