Welcome all to my first live progressive blog for ABC's reality show American Inventor - Season 2 Episode 1 (201).
We here at Inventor Spot are glad to see last year's fans back, and hopefully we'll get some fresh viewers as well. The show should have just started, and I am eagerly anticipating this season's hopeful inventors. We should see some interesting stuff come across the screen tonight as the judges—George Forman, Peter Jones, Pat Croce, and Sara Blakely—try and slowly and but surely narrow down the applicants to those worthy of enough to become the next American Inventor.
I'll be updating the blog during commercial breaks, so ,in order not to put a lot of stress on our system, try to check back every 10-20 minutes for new comments and such. And PLEASE! Feel free to comment on anything and everything about American Inventor. We're eager to get your responses.
On a final note, I just want to remind everyone to keep checking the site for updates on American Inventor. Later in the season we'll be having live blog sessions with season one finalists so look out for those. We should have a lot of other special things going on around the site too. If you can't tell, we're super psyched for American Inventor!
So here we after our first commercial break of American Inventor, and we've yet to get a yes from any of the judges. Just from the opening credits it looked like we had some pretty crazy stuff going on this season. As the clips reel rolled I saw stuff that looked good, stuff that looked really bad, people crying, people cheering, people yelling...all the stuff that makes for great reality TV.
So after a long lead in introducing the judges and showing their expensive homes and toys, tonight, we begin the search for the American Inventor on the West coast.
The first three hopefuls--Jamshid Hatami, Kim Douglas and Richard Dessert Jr and Sr--were all resoundingly denied, and for good reason. Their inventions were obviously pointless. First we had a device that kept your had on your head, followed by a barf, er, "arf" bag for dogs, and last was a big aluminum bag that, when worn, got people out of a burning house safely. But, how many dogs do you know that actually get car sick? And did James Bond every worry about his hat? However, I can see why we began with these three: they are prime examples of just how many people out there have invention ideas, and it never ceases to amaze me what the American people can come up with. Hopefully we'll see a finalist in the next segment...
Sorry if I'm not too specific in this section; we're still working out some site kinks. But I love how we already have the catchphrase of the season: Just keep punchin', courtesy of Mr. Forman. Maybe because it's his first season on the show but he's going pretty easy on some of the contestants. I'd probably do the same--I hate being mean to people. He seems to be the Paula Abdul of American Inventor.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm ready to see the first invention we know will make it through; that one thing that makes me go "Yeah, I know I and everyone else out there needs that." Keep posting responses for what we've seen so far.
Wow, the Asian guy was rather...animated. His idea--a breathalyzer key that tells you when you've had too much to drink and thus doesn't allow you start your car--had good intentions, but Sara was right, the technology is a little dated. But entertaining, no? American Inventor is attracting some characters.
How about Anthony Moebest? I love seeing kids on the show because it happens often that the simple mind of a child can come up with great inventions. And see here, Anthony's detachable pack of baby wipes (set on the front of disposable diapers) is a very simple idea and rather clever for a 10 year old. But, as the judges pointed out, it's not so much an invention as a novelty. But he'll probably sell it to Pampers and be loaded in no time. And look at George, what a champ. The rest continues on the next page...