Mark Cuban makes Shark Tank even stronger

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.

For an example of this, here’s a clip that shows his surprising tactics. (If you’ve missed either episode, or have never checked it out, watch the first episode and the second episode online.)

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.