Shinesty (MTV2)


Shinesty (MTV2) – Premieres 20th July

A documentary that focuses on the staff of Shinesty, a company that produces garish clothing for the masses. In it the staff go about their business trying to increase the brand awareness or developing new products, then it follows them putting their plan into action.

There’s also the usual interviews with the people within the company either talking about what they’re doing or about how they ended up working there. The set up is more than a littler similar to Human Resources, where it’s made to be a comedic documentary, and while not as funny it’s an ok enough bit of viewing.


Planet of the Apps (Apple Music)


Planet of the Apps (Apple Music) – Premieres 6th June

A Dragons Den/Shark Tank style show where app developers pitch their product in the hope to get venture capitalist investor funding and to get their app featured in the Apple App Store.

The show begins with the developers giving a 60 second pitch to the four advisors of Gweneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, Will.I.Am and Gary Vaynerchuk. If at the end of the pitch at least one advisor likes what they hear they are given the chance to talk about their app in more detail. After explaining what they  do the advisors then make a final decision in if they want to help the developers in the next round.

After getting through the first round the developers meet up with the advisor that they chose to help them, and together begin work on creating the pitch they’ll be giving to the venture capitalist in six weeks time. When the pitch is finalised the developer and advisor go in front of four members of a VC firm and like the first round, if the investors like what they hear the funds for them to progress their app are offered.

For what it is it’s pretty much a mix of Dragons Den and All-American Makers, though not as watchable as the aforementioned.


Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC)


Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC) – Premieres 11th June

A take on Dragons Den/Shark Tank where in front of a studio audience two inventors pitch their product leaving the audience to vote on which product should receive the funding.

In the show it goes through three seperate areas of inventions, where the creators can win between $10k to 100k depending on how close the product is to be ready for release. After the pitches are finished and Steve Harvey has completed his range of befuddled expressions, the crowd proceed to vote on their favoured invention.

Before the winner is revealed the two inventors are given the opportunity to cash in early where they can buzz in during a cash reveal to accept a lower cash value if they think their product won win the vote. If someone does take that cash then the remaining inventor gets the total cash only if the crowd backed them. If no one decides to cash in early the it does to a straight head-to-head reveal where the winner gets the money and the loser gets nowt.

It’s not the greatest bit of programming but is watchable enough if you need to waste 45 minutes and like seeing a crowd decide on a products future after seeing a 3 minute pitch.


Backyard Goldmine (DIY Network)


Backyard Goldmine (DIY Network) – Premieres 25th April

Renovation programme where builder Ben Sargent meets up with a client who wants to convert their large shed/barn into a rental property.

After meeting the client and having a brief walk around the building, Ben and his co-worker get to work renovating the place and making it liveable. After the conversion is complete Ben reveals it to the owners and then helps them place the property on a rental site.

As property renovation programmes go this is one of the better ones.


The Business Of Life (Viceland)


The Business Of Life (Viceland) – Premieres 23rd April

Financial talk show where the host Mona Chalabi and a panel of guests talk about an issue of the week and the monetary effects it causes.

In the show they break down the topic by showing how it effects someone by breaking down the various financial expenditures required while giving advice on how to prepare for it. The panel also answer questions from the studio audience where they give out more focused money saving tips, as well as showing financial breakdowns with a plethora of infographics.

For a financial based talk show it does everything you’d expect.


The Toy Box (ABC)


The Toy Box (ABC) – Premieres 7th April – Renewed

A Dragons Den/Shark Tank style show focused on childrens toys, where inventors have to get through two rounds of interviews, afterwhich the winning idea gets put through to the final and the chance to get their product produced by Mattel.

In the first round the inventor explains their product along with a brief demonstration to a panel of three industry bigwigs, who if they like their idea put it through to the next round. The second round consists of the inventors of the three best products, where their products are road tested and they are questioned by four kids, one of which is the miniaturised version of Donald Trump. After testing the three products, the kids then have the deciding decision on who to put through to the final.

It’s like a mix between All-American Makers with the kids opinion bits of Little Big Shots thrown in.


The Deed: Chicago (CNBC)


The Deed: Chicago (CNBC) – Premieres 29th March – Renewed

Possibly setting a spinoff show record with a mere 28 days separating the launch of the original show to this spinoff, The Deed: Chicago follows real estate honcho Sean Conlon as he helps out folks who have run into financial trouble leading to the construction job in jeopardy.

Conlon meets up with the person behind the development, then comes up with a deal that will get the building finished and teaching the developer on how to correct the mistakes they made and how to avoid them in future.

It’s literally identical to The Deed, so if you like that then this is more of the same.