Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC)

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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.

4.5/10

Backyard Goldmine (DIY Network)

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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.

3.5/10

The Business Of Life (Viceland)

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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.

2.5/10

The Toy Box (ABC)

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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.

3.1/10

The Deed: Chicago (CNBC)

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

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.

3.7/10

The Partner (CNBC)

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The Partner (CNBC) – Premieres 7th March

Reality competition where after investing in numerous businesses of the course of The Profit, Marcus Lemonis is in need of a partner to help him look after the projects.

Luckily Marcus has narrowed down a few thousand applicants to the final ten, where after a 6 weeks the winner ends up getting a three year contract and a 1% equity stake in Lemonis’ portfolio.

Like The Apprentice, Lemonis sets the applicants a challenge then reviews their performances before getting them all together and eliminating the worst using the handy catchphrase “You will not be going forward”.

Even though the prize for the winner is more prestigious, it a lightweight version of The Apprentice where nothing of note really happens.

4.5/10

The Deed (CNBC)

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The Deed (CNBC) – Premieres 1st March

A show that’s the opposite to the HGTV and DIY Network house flipping programming, where entrepreneur Sidney Torres goes and helps out folks whose renovation projects have stalled and are pushing them brink of financial ruin.

Sidney meets up with the failing renovator to find out what went wrong and how much they are in the hole for. He then breaks down the problems they’re facing, buys a percentage of the project, and shows them how to how to correct the problems they faced.

After that the project gets completed, everyone makes a profit and there’s smiles all round. It’s bit like a renovation version of Kitchen Nightmares if Ramsey purchased a stake the place he was helping and didn’t go mental at them.

4.0/10