ABC's American Inventor kicks off its second season tonight (at 9 pm/ET) with three new judges having been brought onboard to deliberate with executive producer/judge Peter Jones. One of those judges is the Olympic gold medalist, former heavyweight champion and bona fide grill master George Foreman. TVGuide.com spoke with Big George while he was in Las Vegas promoting his new book, God in My Corner.
TVGuide.com: Why did you decide to sign on as a judge for American Inventor?George Foreman: It's strange, because I was a good boxer and I made some money. I had done good with Madison Avenue, doing commercials for McDonald's and Oscar Mayer. Then somebody approached me with a little machine nobody was interested in
Pugilist turned lean, mean griddle giant George Foreman will join Season 1 holdover Peter Jones and fellow newbies Pat Croce (a former NBA exec and talk-show host) and Sara Blakely (undergarments entrepreneur/creator of Spanx) on the judging panel for the new cycle of ABC's American Inventor. Other tweaks to the compeition, according to Variety: The judges will kick off the competition by visiting six cities and culling a finalist from each; the half-dozen wannabe Thomas Edisons will then build prototypes, with the best entrepenuer netting $1 million and a chance to mass-produce his or her gizmo. They also got a new host you won't recognize.
Tonight at 9 pm/ET ABC presents the debut-season results show for American Inventor, in which one of four finalists will be deemed to have developed the best gadget. Who is likely to have earned America's vote? Who should win? And what changes are in store for the just-renewed competition's second round? TVGuide.com went to judge/cocreator/executive producer Peter Jones for answers.
TVGuide.com: As someone who gets an idea or two along the lines of "Someone should invent a...," I have to say this show has been interesting. I like it.
Peter Jones: Do you? It's quite interesting because some people say, "I really love the show," while
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American InventorHere's an invention: some little twisted paper firework that snaps when you throw it, used to emphasize speech, especially after dissing somebody. Imagine it: Doug Hall releases one of his classic barbs, and the other three judges go "Oh, snap! Snap! Snap!" while throwing my invention at the floor in celebration. Pretty sweet, huh? If you don't like it, you probably didn't like Doug telling that guy "this isn't called American Sob Story." Too bad for you, it was funny. Well, it could happen, as much as this show is produced. Let's take a look. We already accepted that they're showing us some of the worst of the worst, some of the most dramatic, and some obvious crowd favorites. American Idol taught them well. But come on, I'd really rather see another walking stick than that comedic montage hinting at the two least