Hey, sharks: After three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Structured Reality Program, isn’t it time you pitch to the TV academy why you should take home your own trophies for “Shark Tank”? “We’ve been trying to get a piece of that for years,” joked Barbara Corcoran to Gold Derby editors Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery and myself when we took a visit of the “Shark Tank” set this week on the Sony lot. (See photos below.) Unfortunately, per Emmy rules, the sharks are not eligible to win as they are not producers on the ABC program.
After we congratulated Mark Cuban on the show’s big Emmy victory, he said humbly, “It’s all these guys,” referring to the hard-working production staff that was in the midst of removing the set pieces for a sports-themed pitch and replacing them for a wedding-product deal that was coming up next. We can’t tell you anything more about the scenes being filmed as we signed non-disclosure agreements, but what we saw was pure TV gold and proves why the show is unstoppable on the awards circuit.
Mr. Wonderful himself, Kevin O’Leary, was eager to take photos with the Gold Derby gang, even telling us to sit in the empty chairs of Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec, who had temporarily stepped away in between pitches. And producer Clay Newbill was smiling ear-to-ear, proud of the show for having won a third trophy at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys.
Season 8 of “Shark Tank” premieres Friday, September 23 on ABC with a special twist. For the first time in the show’s history all six sharks (including Daymond John) will be present and taking pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs, instead of the normal five. We can’t wait to take a bite out of it.