Shark Tank's "Mr. Wonderful" helped kill the educational computer games industry

If you’re of a certain “only-true-’90s-kids” age, you mostly likely came across the many titles of educational software publisher The Learning Company at some point during your childhood. For a time the company was a true behemoth in an industry it more or less created. The Learning Company itself was responsible for…

Sia, Grimes, and Shark Tank’s Chris Sacca are matching donations to the ACLU right now

Earlier today, the American Civil Liberties Union went into action, suing the White House on behalf of two would-be refugees detained as a result of President Trump’s executive order banning travel into the country from a number of majority-Muslim countries. And while it’s easy for people to feel powerless when…

Pirate Master, we hardly knew ye: 24 short-lived reality competition series

Because unscripted programming is relatively inexpensive—and because networks never know which crazy reality competition concept will catch on—TV has seen a steady stream of elaborate game shows, many of which stumble along for a season or two before disappearing with little fanfare. The cancellation of just about any…

Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban talks making deals and beating the shit out of people

In 2009, when ABC premiered Shark Tank—a show featuring five very rich investors hearing pitches from hopeful entrepreneurs—it was interesting but it lacked a certain panache. It lacked a star. Which isn’t surprising, because when’s the last time you heard a Koch brother or a member of the Walton family say something…

Watch Joel and the Bots pitch MST3K invention exchanges to the Shark Tank

Mystery Science Theater 3000’s invention exchanges are one of those wonderfully ludicrous hallmarks of the classic cult show’s early seasons. An outgrowth of Joel Hodgson’s prop-based stand-up act, the exchanges pitted Joel and his robotic associates against the villainous Dr. Forrester to see who could create the…