Well, it's here. Season Two of the American Inventor reality television show is starting tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 6, 2007. The show times are 9 pm Eastern and 8 pm Central time on ABC. And just like last year, we're going to provide the best, most in depth coverage, provide a forum for commentary, and host live blogs about the show.
The American Inventor show promises that it will uncover the hottest new product and make one struggling inventor’s dream come true. With one million dollars at stake, “American Inventor will celebrate the best in homespun American ingenuity."
Co-creators Simon Cowell and Peter Jones have tweaked the less than great format from Season One and promise to have a much better show this season. They have for the seond year of the show, a new panel of judges, a new show host and a new format.
This season, national casting calls were held in six major cities across the country — Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Houston and Tampa. The judgeswill narrow down the initial entries and choose one finalist from each city who will be given $50,000 seed money to further develop and refine his or her product for the semifinal round. In the end, it will be up to the American viewing audience to call in and vote for one of three finalists and the invention they feel is worthy of the one million dollar grand prize, moving that person one step closer to the dream of mass producing a product.
I guess we will soon find out if the changes will improve the show.
American Inventor’s panel of expert judges are:George Forman
George Foreman - two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, successful businessmen famous for selling the George Foreman Grill line of products and ordained minister.
Peter JonesPeter Jones, co-creator of American Inventor, Season 1 judge and business tycoon now taking his energy to producing successful television shows, including American Inventor, the concept which is now showing around the world.
Pat CrocePat Croce - famous coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, sports commentator and successful physical therapy and sports medicine entrepreneur. Croce was a recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award and was featured on the cover of Inc magazine as “The Dale Carnegie of the 21st Century.
Sara BlakelySara Blakely - successful business woman and owner of Spanx, which provides "slimming, comfortable bodyshapers, hosiery, intimates, and apparel."
Nick SmithNick Smith, former reporter and host for other ABC shows, will be the host for Season Two of American Inventor.
The previews say that Episode 201 of American Inventor will cover auditions in San Fransisco and Los Angeles.
Join us in our live blog coverage and in our lively Forum Discussions of the show. We'll have finalists from Season One joining in from time to time providing their unique perspectives on the show.