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Two shows looking for inventors

A new ABC series and a History Channel special are each looking for people who have the next big idea.

Simon Cowell is expanding his reality empire with a new ABC series American Inventor, which will award $1 million to the person with the best idea. Like American Idol, judges will narrow the field and viewers will select the winner. The finalists “will each be given $50,000 dollars to develop their product, refine it, and take it to the next level,” according to a press release. Starting in November, the show will visit eight cities; anyone can apply, including children and teams of inventors, as long as the invention idea is yours.

Through its series Modern Marvels, The History Channel and the National Inventors Hall of Fame are looking for inventors for the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge. Those with brilliant ideas will be narrowed to 25 semi-finalists, who “will exhibit their invention ideas at a national exhibition,” according to a press release. Five of them will win $2,500 and be featured on The History Channel. One of those will win the entire competition, receiving $25,000 and the title of “Modern Marvel of the Year.”

American Inventor [ABC]
Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge [The History Channel]

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