3 Reasons ‘Shark Tank’ Will Make Matt Higgins Part of the Permanent Cast

This is purely speculative, of course, because I have no inside knowledge of how the corporate minds behind Shark Tank actually work. But it’s clear that Matt Higgins, an unknown to most of us non-sports folks until his guest appearance Sunday night, fits the program, and if one of the Super Six decides to make aContinue reading “3 Reasons ‘Shark Tank’ Will Make Matt Higgins Part of the Permanent Cast”

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Is Film School Material. It’s A Piece To Be Studied.

I almost didn’t see Bad Times at the El Royale because I heard it was violent. And a bit creepy. Those are two elements that don’t sit well with me — and it was enough to make me hedge a bit at the theater, where I opted for the safer — although undoubtably more boring — FirstContinue reading “‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Is Film School Material. It’s A Piece To Be Studied.”

I’ll Let You Lead

For a long while now I’ve wanted to write a post about Kate and Allie, the barely-laugh-out-loud comedy that was too quiet to embed itself too deeply into the memories of those of us who grew up in the 1980s. You think of 1980s comedies, you think of the more gregarious fare like Family Ties, Growing Pains, Night Court, TheContinue reading “I’ll Let You Lead”

Bear Bowl is Super Cute; Those ‘Shark Tank’ Entrepreneurs, Even Cuter

It would be expected that the season premiere of Shark Tank would, in more ways than one, hark back to the show’s beginnings in the midst of the financial crisis. They don’t call it a “Decade of Dreams” for no good reason — back in 2008, things were bleak, people were losing their homes and banksContinue reading “Bear Bowl is Super Cute; Those ‘Shark Tank’ Entrepreneurs, Even Cuter”

Would Jamie Siminoff Be Your Ideal ‘Shark Tank’ Investor?

I don’t argue there is something remarkable about the story of Jamie Siminoff and Ring. As the gods at Shark Tank like to spin it, Siminoff pitched the sharks in 2013. He was asking $700,000 for 10 percent, which the panel deemed too expensive — save Kevin O’Leary, who offered to give him a loan, inContinue reading “Would Jamie Siminoff Be Your Ideal ‘Shark Tank’ Investor?”

Ah, Bitcoin, You Are the Stuff of Dreams

When I was in the ninth grade, we had to design a city of the future. Maybe it was eighth grade. Regardless, I had this idea to create a city that had no money. Because, I thought at the time, as far as I can recall, although I can’t recall much — except that myContinue reading “Ah, Bitcoin, You Are the Stuff of Dreams”

Will Kirby Says There’s No Jury Voting Pact On ‘Big Brother 20.’ Here’s Why A Pact Wouldn’t Be A Bad Thing

My most vivid memory of Dr. Will is that speech from Big Brother 2. At that time, 9/11 had just happened. The houseguests had been told, but were still playing the game as normal (whatever “normal” meant back in Season 2). They were oblivious as to how the events of September 11, 2001 had really rattledContinue reading “Will Kirby Says There’s No Jury Voting Pact On ‘Big Brother 20.’ Here’s Why A Pact Wouldn’t Be A Bad Thing”

Why JC and Kaycee Would Be The Best ‘Big Brother 20’ Final Two

Let’s be clear, I think a Kaycee and JC final two is unlikely. But it’s what I’d like to see — and not just because Tyler (even though he’s probably a very nice guy) would be a forgettable Big Brother winner. A Kaycee and JC finale is largely unexpected, and you know what they sayContinue reading “Why JC and Kaycee Would Be The Best ‘Big Brother 20’ Final Two”

‘Shark Tank’ Flashback: Why The Red Dress Boutique Made Such an Impact

Here’s how I know The Red Dress Boutique was one of the most successful pitches on Shark Tank. No, it wasn’t the sales figures that came in later updates. It wasn’t the compelling discussion with Mark Cuban on Beyond the Tank about whether or not to revamp their website (which had additional drama because they’d already signed aContinue reading “‘Shark Tank’ Flashback: Why The Red Dress Boutique Made Such an Impact”