August 12, 2009 10:26 am

Shark TankSunday’s a great day for television in Invention Girl’s household. After all the chores are done (gadgets cleaned, batteries charged, and all that boring “housework” stuff), what better way to prepare for the hard week of work ahead than to zone out in front of the tube?

This week though, there was no zoning because InventHelp’s Invention Girl was captivated by ABC’s new show Shark Tank. Imported and adapted from the British series Dragon’s Den, the show focuses on inventors and entrepreneurs who must convince five wealthy investors to cough up some cash to support their blossoming product ideas.

Mark Burnett (producer of Survivor and The Apprentice) is behind the local version. Today’s tumultuous economic times bring the show added relevancy. Given slashed salaries, job losses and credit crunches, many of the inventors featured on Shark Tank aren’t looking to live in a golden palace; they’re just looking for basic security.

Like previous incarnations of this show’s formula (think back to one of our favorites, American Inventor), some folks who dream big are unfortunately sent packing. For InventHelp’s Invention Girl, it can be heartbreaking to watch. But, let’s face it, not everyone can be a winner on the show.

In an interesting twist, the judges themselves are contestants – they’re forced to compete against each other for the right to invest in the idea. Watching these sharks haggle and negotiate with their potential partners is great entertainment, not to mention educational fodder for any inventor with big dreams and not-so-extensive means.

Missed the premiere? Check out clips online at ABC.com. Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 9 PM to watch all the drama unfold. I know I’ll be in the “tank”!

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