Shark Tank renewed on the eve of its second-season finale

Excellent end-of-week news and for great network reality TV: ABC has renewed Shark Tank for a third season.

The Mark Burnett-produced series concludes its second season tonight at 8 p.m. ET. If you haven’t ever watched, it’s worth giving a shot. While the investment negotiations are interesting, there’s just also great television like the hilarious puking fake baby.

The most recent five episodes are on Hulu, but the two with Mark Cuban are by far the best (here’s why), although there have been great moments all season (puking fake baby, I’m looking at your mouth hole). I hope Mark Cuban will be back next season as a permanent fifth panelist, though the other guest, Jeff Foxworthy, was fun, too.

There may be another familiar guest: Mark Burnett told Entertainment Weekly that he wanted a chance to invest in some of the companies being pitched: “If we get a season three, I’ll personally go on it — as long as its legal. I would not be able to know who the people were pitching. When I’m producing Shark Tank I’m kicking myself, why didn’t I have a shot at these ideas.” I think this is probably a terrible idea, only because Burnett is behind the scenes for a reason.

Anyway, watch last week’s episode, which has a pretty dramatic negotiation thanks to Mark Cuban:

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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