It’s not every day that I have an opportunity to interview billionaires like Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary — and despite several meetings and interviews over the last couple of years, I’m always struck by how down to earth these Sharks are. Recently during a round of filming for the upcoming 4th season I visited the set of ABC’s Shark Tank and sat down with the Sharks.
We’ll have the full text of these “on set” interviews a little closer to the premiere in mid-September, but here’s one of the first questions that I asked…
What was your reaction to hearing that the show had been renewed for a full 22-episode season?
Mark Cuban: “No sleep (laughs). We’re thrilled for the crew and everybody, but all these businesses…they don’t run themselves, they all take time.”
Lori Greiner: “This is a natural extension of what I do, so it’s perfect.”
Barbara Corcoran: “You know what I thought when I got that phone call? Holy ****! And my husband is next to me saying ‘What! Do you know how much more money you’re going to lose?!’”
Kevin O’Leary: “The show realistically was on the bubble until now. And then ABC saw it (the show’s potential), Sony (studio) saw it, it had the tipping point, it owns Friday night. Its becoming the American Idol of venture capital.”
Much more from our interviews with the Sharks will be released in the coming weeks. Suffice it to say, Barbara and Kevin should take their chemistry on the road — they are truly hilarious together.
Speaking of Barbara, one order of business during my set visit was to get a sense of how the show will work now that there are six full-fledged Sharks (Lori Greiner, guest Shark from Season 3, is now a series regular). Mystery solved — there are still five chairs for the Sharks, and it appears that Lori and Barbara will be rotating. I’ve speculated about the two appearing together, which in my opinion (and Barbara’s, according to an article by Sean Daly in the NY Post) would be a lot of fun for viewers. Here’s hoping the producers will give it a try.
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