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AMERICAN INVENTOR TWO HOUR PREMIERE SPECIAL - March 16th 8-10pm

From the Producers of American Idol... American Inventor, an exciting series from Simon Cowell and the producers of American Idol about the biggest search ever for America's best new invention, will premiere with a two-hour special, THURSDAY, MARCH 16, from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET, and then move to 9:00 p.m., ET on Thursdays thereafter.

American Inventor, the embodiment of the ultimate American dream, 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.

In "Episode 101," the series kicks off with coverage of open casting calls in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Viewers will see inventors all of all ages present their most prized inventions, featuring everything from the wacky to the heart warming. National casting calls were held in seven major cities across the country. In addition to the cities already mentioned, producers visited Denver, Chicago, Washington DC and Atlanta, all of which will be featured in upcoming episodes. Thousands of inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs of all ages applied. American Inventor is the biggest search for the next great invention with wide consumer appeal… Envision the Cabbage Patch Kids®, George Foreman Grill®, Post-It® or Rubik's Cube®. A panel of expert judges will narrow down the initial entries to a group of finalists, who will each be given $50,000 to develop their product, refine it and take it to the next level. This is a show that's going to make the American dream come true for one person -- taking his/her idea, vision and creativity and helping to turn it into a mass produced product that will be in every American home -- but in the end it will be up to America to call in and vote on which invention is worthy of the one million dollar prize.

American Inventor's panel of expert judges include Doug Hall, an inventor, bestselling author and radio host, and also the founder and CEO of Eureka! Ranch, an inventing, training and research firm; Ed Evangelista, an executive creative director at the New York headquarters of JWT; Mary Lou Quinlan, founder and CEO of Just Ask a Woman, one of the premiere women's marketing companies in the U.S.; and Peter Jones, one of the UK's brightest young entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Hosted by Matt Gallant, American Inventor is produced by Simon Cowell's Syco Television LLC and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. The executive producers are Simon Cowell, Liz Bronstein, Siobhan Greene, Nigel Hall, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Peter Jones. Co-executive producer is Daniel Soiseth. source: ABC.com Head to the Forums and join in the discussion groups.

Comments
Mar 16, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Particulate Mask for Bird Flu

I have invented a particulate mask specifically to prevent the inhalation of airborne particles (bacteria and viruses) and the masks are cheap and can be carried in a man's shirt pocket. I tried to get a patent, but there are elements of my mask used in other masks and it won't qualify. My concern is that with the approaching Bird Flu, we need a portable, cheap, fast donning mask that can be worn by both adults and children. Oh, unlike paper or cloth masks, my mask creates a 100% seal and all inhaled air must pass through the unique filtering element. If you know a manufacturer of foam rummer products, I'd sure like to talk with them.

Mar 16, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

how do i get ahold of 1 of the people who didnt make it to the n

how do i get ahold of 1 of the people who didnt make it to the next level. i want to promote his product.

Mar 16, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

finally a reality show i

finally a reality show i will watch. a great avenue for new inventors to showcase their dreams. Love the concept and will watch all shows. would love to know how to contact inventors that don't make it. I really liked the woman who had the video for kids about proper behaviour. I want the program to help teach my grand daughter.

Mar 16, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Great Show, but Shame on ABC!

What kills a great show is too many breaks in suspense and too many promo's. The ammount of commercial breaks in the last hour made me want to turn the channel and read about the inventions instead of watch the commercials that fund the show. I sell TV advertising for a lifing and I thought that there were too many commercials, thats sad!

The most annoying thing is seeing the same promo's over and over (example, the 12 year old kid) Why not scrap those promo's and show a few more inventions.

Mar 16, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

That was the biggest waste

That was the biggest waste of time - what a joke. The show is absolutely horrible!!!!! Anyone who made it past the first 20 minutes needs to find a hobby!!

Mar 16, 2006
by Think Outside T...
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HOW DO WE GET IN TOUCH WITH THOSE WHO WERE A BUST?

Great question. If people email me through this site, I can try to make the connection. Hopefully, those who were dinged will find this blog, or have and are now ready to get linked to. If they fill out an invention submission, they'll go up into the gallery. Then people can contact them easily.

But... in the meantime, I'm going to create a new area in forums. It'll be called something like: I WANT THAT!

Go there, tell the world what you liked, and hopefully the world will respond.

Mar 17, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Worst reality show yet!!!

Worst reality show yet!!! The concept of the show was a good one but all the drama, acting from the judges and general stupidity from the "inventors" made it hard to watch.

Mar 17, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Simon Cowell said that 95%

Simon Cowell said that 95% of the inventors that auditioned were insane. These are the second round picks. The first show showed this insanity. Even the inventions forwarded by the judges are not even average. Example: Dome ginger bread houses. There are already clear plastic covers to everything from cakes to salads. Large dust pan and bag (no broom)-who would use it. Tree branch cutter (D.C. would'nt let even sissers in). Bicycle for two (preson on the sitting on the handle bars doesn't control the bike-only impairs the vison). There wasn't an impact for society invention in the second round due to the direction of the judges and producers. It looks like they want to have laughs and make money off the show, not an invention.

Mar 17, 2006
by Bottleslingguy (not verified)

Reject episodes

I read somewhere the next four (I think) episodes will be one hour of what we saw last night.

Mar 18, 2006
by Rita (not verified)

Kyle Myrha

I would like to get in touch with the 14 year old in Denver to see if he would talk about his experience and invention at an inventors' meetint in Denver. Can you help?

Mar 18, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Wished I'd have known

I wish that I had known of the program. I have recently been patented and would like to
audition for the next program. Where can I get the info needed to do so?

Mar 18, 2006
by Bottleslingguy (not verified)

Cut out the middleman.

Why not just post a website here?

Mar 19, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

inventor

how does one get audition or contact someone in reference to an invention?

Mar 20, 2006
by Stu (not verified)

inventions

If you have questions about the inventing process, you can go to www.inventorsroundtable.com. Go to the forum and ask your question. Someone or maybe two will help you out. I used these guys and they were great.
If you are trying to find out information about one of the specific inventors on the show--good luck.
Stu

Mar 20, 2006
by Aries

Audition

You should check out ABC's website for American Inventor. They have information on auditions.
Also, be wary of sites that offer to help you with your invention. I had a friend who got screwed with one of these sites. I've got to imagine if it sounds to be good to be true it is. Remember the woman on the show that sent $7000 to a company that claimed that it would help? There must be some helpful sites so don't discount all of the them.

Apr 3, 2006
by Lynette (not verified)

I know how to get in touch

I know how to get in touch with Kyle Myhra. You can e-mail me at lynetteluis@aol.com.