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Feed­ing frenzy: ‘Shark Tank‘s’ in­vestors smell great deals in the wa­ter

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - TU TV - By An­drew War­ren TV Me­dia

Feed­ing frenzy: The sharks are back again, and they’ve brought friends to join in on the feed­ing frenzy. There’s no need to stay out of the wa­ter, though — these aren’t the bit­ing kind.

“Shark Tank” re­turns to ABC for a 10th sea­son on Sun­day, Oct. 7, with its land­mark 200th episode and even more hun­gry in­vestors ea­ger to sink their teeth into the best in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties they can find.the re­al­ity TV show finds en­trepreneurs look­ing for money to grow their busi­nesses pitch­ing to a group of wealthy — and out­spo­ken — in­vestors.

Sound dry? It’s any­thing but — af­ter all, this is a shark tank. The in­vestors are as forth­right as they are rich, and all of the reg­u­lars are back for the new sea­son. Sharks Mark Cuban, Robert Her­javec, Bar­bara Cor­co­ran, Kevin O’leary, Day­mond John and Lori Greiner have in­vested mil­lions of their own dol­lars over nine sea­sons, and they’re still hun­gry for more op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­vest and grow their own money.

Of course, these sharks aren’t lon­ers, and this sea­son they’ve brought some new friends. Sev­eral new guest sharks join the feed­ing frenzy, in­clud­ing re­tired NBA star Charles Barkley and for­mer “Shark Tank” en­tre­pre­neur Jamie Simi­noff, whose video door­bell com­pany, Ring (called Door­bot at the time), was re­jected by the sharks but was later bought by Ama­zon for more than $1 bil­lion.

Fan-fa­vorite guests who are re­turn­ing this sea­son in­clude Sara Blakely, founder and owner of women’s cloth­ing com­pany Spanx; base­ball leg­end and busi­ness­man Alex Ro­driguez; and “The Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel.

For the en­trepreneurs, go­ing in front of a panel of wealthy in­vestors to make a pitch that could make or break their busi­ness is a stom­ach-churn­ing propo­si­tion, but for the sharks, it’s all just busi­ness as usual. “Shark Tank” re­turns for a 10th sea­son with its 200th episode on Sun­day, Oct. 7, on ABC.

‘Flash’ to the past: Blink and you’ll miss him: Barry Allen’s back, and hope­fully he’ll slow down enough that au­di­ences can catch a glimpse of the speed­ster. Grant Gustin (“Glee”) stars as Barry and his su­per­hero al­ter-ego when “The Flash” re­turns for a fifth sea­son on Tues­day, Oct. 9, on CW.

Last sea­son ended with a doozie of a plot twist. Af­ter Barry and his friends en­coun­tered a mys­te­ri­ous girl (Jes­sica Parker Kennedy, “Black Sails”) sev­eral times through­out the sea­son, she fi­nally re­vealed her iden­tity: she’s Barry’s daugh­ter Nora, who has time-trav­eled from the fu­ture.

Just what Nora’s do­ing in this time­line is yet to be re­vealed and will no doubt be a ma­jor plot point this sea­son, but what is known is that there have also been a few cast­ing changes. The sea­son’s pri­mary vil­lain, the in­sid­i­ous Ci­cada, is played by Chris Klein (“Amer­i­can Pie,” 1999), while Danielle Ni­co­let (“Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence,” 2016) and Hart­ley Sawyer (“The Young and the Rest­less”) have both been pro­moted to se­ries reg­u­lars.

The main cast is all back as well, with Car­los Valdes (“Le­gends of To­mor­row”), Candice Pat­ton (“The Guest,” 2014), Danielle Pan­abaker (“Fri­day the 13th,” 2009), Jesse L. Martin (“Law & Or­der”) and Tom Ca­vanagh (“Scrubs”) all ready to help Barry save the world — again.

“The Flash” is just one part of the “Ar­row­verse,” a shared con­ti­nu­ity that in­cludes a num­ber of shows fea­tur­ing DC su­per­heroes. It’s be­come a tra­di­tion for a ma­jor cross­over event to hap­pen each sea­son, with the char­ac­ters from each show pop­ping up else­where to help each other solve a ma­jor prob­lem, and this sea­son won’t be an ex­cep­tion, with Bat­woman (Ruby Rose, “The Meg,” 2018) pop­ping up in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a po­ten­tial new Ar­row­verse se­ries.

Barry Allen re­turns to deal with the reper­cus­sions of his daugh­ter time-trav­el­ing from the fu­ture in the fifth sea­son of “The Flash,” pre­mier­ing Tues­day, Oct. 9, on CW.

Fash­ion change: There are some big changes in­com­ing for TV’S hottest fash­ion de­sign com­pe­ti­tion. Af­ter 11 sea­sons on Life­time, “Project Run­way” is re­turn­ing to Bravo, but it’s mak­ing the move with­out some of its big­gest stars.

Host Heidi Klum and men­tor Tim Gunn have both an­nounced that they won’t be re­turn­ing for the up­com­ing 17th sea­son, and fash­ion de­signer Zac Posen, who’s been a judge for the past six sea­sons, has fol­lowed their lead and also de­parted. No an­nounce­ments have been made about new hosts or judges as of press time.

For Klum and Gunn, at least, the rea­son for their de­par­ture is an ob­vi­ous one: they have an­other show in the works with Ama­zon. De­tails on the new stream­ing se­ries are sparse, in­clud­ing its ti­tle, but what is known is that it’s in­tended to make fash­ion ac­ces­si­ble for a global au­di­ence, and Ama­zon will be cre­at­ing and sell­ing the fash­ions that wow the judges on the show.

Whether “Project Run­way” re­tains its many fans with the loss of three of its stars re­mains to be seen. The new sea­son will pre­miere later in 2019.

Bar­bara Cor­co­ran, Day­mond John, Mark Cuban, Kevin O’leary, Robert Her­javec and Lori Greiner in “Shark Tank”

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