ABC’s Shark Tank is getting a spin-off that will follow businesses funded on the show, though its format is not yet clear. It will be called Beyond the Tank and produced by Mark Burnett and Sony Pictures Television, just like the original.
The New York Times reports that “the new show would definitely include the participation of the” sharks, and “will be similar to the updates on Shark Tank that show how the new businesses have prospered (or not). ‘Beyond the Tank’ will go back over past deals made on ‘Shark Tank’ and gauge how effectively the businesses are progressing with the backing of the sharks who invested in them.”
I can’t imagine an entire series of only those quick, heavily staged updates, so I think it will probably be more involved than that, perhaps closer to CNBC’s The Profit, which starts with a negotiation and deal and then follows the business as changes are made. One-off episodes would make sense, each focusing on a business featured on the show.
The paper’s report says the network may announce the series as soon as Friday, and it could air later this season.