ABC’s Shark Tank, Mark Burnett’s slicker adaptation of the UK’s Dragon’s Den, returned for a second season last week with a preview on Sunday and new episode Friday night, when the show regularly airs. I’m a fan of the original, but think Burnett’s improved on the UK version in many ways, and Shark Tank has gotten even better in season two.
That’s thanks in part to Mark Cuban, who has made the competition between the sharks–which is often the best part–even more intense. (Jeff Foxworthy will also appear this season, replacing Mark.) Seven years ago, Mark Cuban had his own Apprentice-style show on ABC, The Benefactor, but negotiating and interacting with his fellow sharks and business owners really is his reality TV niche.