New this season in the Reality TV Hangover lineup is our weekly Amazing Race Canada Power Rankings. Jenny and Colin will go head-to-head weekly by ranking the teams of The Amazing Race Canada Season 5 - and at the end of the season, we will declare a winner! How, you ask? By tallying two different scores: 1) How many of our weekly picks match the placement in the following week's leg of the race, and 2) How many times we ranked a team in the place they actually finish. Each correct pick will be worth a point. Shouldn't we have started this last week? Yes definitely, but you know us, our lives get in the way sometimes. No points for anyone in Leg 1.
After reading/watching the preseason cast bios and diving into the first episode, which saw our ten teams travel from St. John's, Newfoundland to Vancouver, BC, we are both feeling incredibly confident about our picks. (Hey we're Canadian, that must give us some authority here.) After the first episode and the [spoiler alert] elimination of Funeral Directors/Mother-and-Son Deb & Aaron, here's how we would rank the teams, along with a quick take on each:
It’s that time of year again. Snow is falling, bells are ringing and holiday-themed businesses are pitching to the Sharks. Yes, this past Friday we were gifted with the yearly Holiday Special of Shark Tank. Now, I must confess, I’m a bit of a Grinch when it comes to this themed episode. It’s not that I’m against the holidays in general. I love spending time with family and I’m usually okay with snow up until mid-January. I just find that the Shark Tank Holiday Special tends to include weaker pitches/businesses than the rest of the season. Occasionally we get a stellar pitch (like the ugly sweater company Tipsy Elves) but more often than not the pitches are weak seasonal businesses that have no business taking on venture capital.
I’ll try and keep an open mind this year! Let’s see what pitches Santa has brought with him in his sleigh:
After a week off for Thanksgiving (which I, being Canadian, was not celebrating) I’m back to recap Season 8 Episode 10 of Shark Tank. In this episode, Silicon Valley billionaire, and my personal favorite Guest Shark, Chris Sacca returns to join Mark, Robert, Kevin, and Lori in the Tank. We’ve got four pitches from interesting companies spanning across several industries. Some deals were inked, but others left empty-handed. Let’s dive into the Tank.
Hey Scripted TV Hangover fans, I have to apologize. I was planning on writing a more in-depth Westworld Season 1 Finale preview post earlier in the week, but then life happened and I had a crazy busy week at work, so here we are. Since it’s Friday night and I want to get something out before the weekend, I’m going to give some rapid-fire predictions for Sunday’s episode. I promise to do a more detailed post on where I see the show going in Season 2 next week.
Before I get to that, I do want to comment on how much I love Westworld. Between the incredible acting, intriguing mysteries, and interesting technology, I’ve been completely enthralled with the first nine episodes of the season. As a huge The Walking Dead fan, it’s hard for me to say this, but Westworld has been the show I’ve looked forward to watching most every Sunday (and it isn’t even close).
One big part of why I (and many other) Westworld fans have connected with the show is the abundance of room for theorizing about the show’s mysteries. And the creators haven’t shied away from revealing answers so far. With that, let’s dive into my predictions for the finale, with only a bit of explanation on each. If you want to discuss anything further, use the comments section or hit me up on Twitter @ColinLatchford.
If you're a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, you know that characters are bound to die regularly. With one of the most brutal worlds on television, it’s fully justified. Not only is there the ever-present danger of walkers biting one of our favorite characters, but as the series progressed the threat from other (living) humans has grown season after season. Plus, with an incredibly large cast, the showrunners need to trim the fat to make room to introduce new characters.
I get the feeling we are bound to have at least one more character death in the final three episodes of Season 7A. Partly, this is because we haven’t had a death since the premiere’s double header (pun intended). But I also get the feeling that the showrunners have built up a few characters for a fall. And there’s one actor who may have an off-screen reason for an exit. So, in no particular order, here are my top five contenders for what character will die next on The Walking Dead:
Welcome back to the Reality TV Hangover Shark Tank Blog. Today, I’ll be diving into the pitches of PupBox, Barbell Apparel, Energybits, and Line Cutterz, with Sharks Mark, Daymond, Kevin, Lori, and Robert. But, before I start recapping Episode 9, I need to comment on how crazy last week was. After tweeting out a link to my Episode 8 Recap, I got a notification saying Chris Sacca, the guest Shark on last week’s episode (and my favorite investor they bring in), had retweeted me!
This completely floored me. I couldn’t believe that one of the Sharks (and one of my personal idols) had not only mentioned my recap but also complimented it! I don’t want to fawn over this for too long, but I do want to say thanks to Chris Sacca for doing this. It meant a lot to me personally, and it drove a ton of new traffic to the post. If you are one of those first-time readers and have now stuck around for another week with me, I’m super pumped to have you. Thanks for taking the time to read the recap! Anyway, enough about last week, let’s dive into the Tank!
Instead of formally recapping The Walking Dead: Season 7 Episode 4, the episode has inspired me to write about something else this week. That being why Spencer Monroe has taken over the role of being the worst character on The Walking Dead.
Welcome back to our Shark Tank Recap Blog! This week in the Tank we get four entrepreneurs that span a variety of industries (and generations). Shark-wise we have Mark, Barbara, Kevin, Lori and guest Shark Chris Sacca. Let me start off by saying I love Chris Sacca. Ever since hearing him on the first season of the Startup Podcast, I’ve followed him as much as possible. And when he jumped into the Tank for the first time, he instantly became my favourite Shark! He brings a different energy than the other Sharks, partly due to his age (he’s only 41) and partly due to the aggressive investment style that helped him achieve his estimated $1.2 billion net worth. Plus, he’s an early backer of huge tech giants like Twitter and Uber, so he knows his stuff!
The promos for this episode hyped up a feisty showdown between Chris and Mark (we’ll get there) but first let’s dive into the opening pitch!
I love recommending television shows to people. Friends, family, girlfriends, anyone. If they need an extra boost, I’ll even watch it with them. I’ve already scheduled the time to watch both seasons of Mr. Robot with my Mom over the holidays (that’s how cool I am). When I pick a new target for a recommendation, I go through my usual list of top shows: Game of Thrones, the aforementioned Mr. Robot, The Walking Dead, etc. But there’s one show that has always been a favorite of mine that I never seem to recommend to anyone: The Good Wife.
I guess I worry that liking The Good Wife would somehow be a blow to my manhood. But why? It’s not like I stay away from advocating for female-fronted shows. I got several people hooked on Homeland and I never shy away from voicing my fondness for Fringe. I think it could be the title: The Good Wife, it sounds inherently girly. But nonetheless, the time has come for me to share my love for this show with the world. And especially since the spinoff is launching in a matter of months, it’s time you got on board as well. Here are four reasons why guys can (and should) like The Good Wife:
I was sitting on my couch last night watching Shark Tank and thinking to myself about how we could get more blog content on Reality TV Hangover. Then a light bulb went off in my head: I am currently watching a reality show; a show I’ve followed for all eight of its seasons. Even one that I feel I can put forth some insightful commentary on. You see, I’m a bit of a startup nerd. TechCrunch is in my most viewed websites list and my podcast feed is full of content about startups and marketing. So without further ado, here is my newest piece of writing: The Shark Tank Blog.