Show Businesses: Tanked
Just how much reality goes into reality television is sometimes questionable. Yes, some people are out for the publicity, and their "unscripted" lives are anything but. Fair enough.
But for every drama queen or king, there is the hardworking professional looking to launch their big idea, or the chef worthy of cooking your last meal. Show Businesses spotlights intriguing real-life businesses and cool finds popping up on the tube. Top chefs, gifted carpenters, designers who weave miracles with a fabric swatch. Delicious restaurants, specialty stores, and services you never dreamed you'd need.
- Saturdays, 9pm, Animal Planet
Dynamic brothers-in-law Wayde and Brett are back for season two of 'Tanked,' dreaming up ever more outrageous aquariums for folks with a penchant for fish flair. Coming up on the September 15 episode, the guys from Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) conjure a mystical creation for L.A.'s Magic Castle, headquarters for the Academy of Magical Arts. A maze of secret rooms and visual trickery, the Victorian mansion is nearly as famous for its members-only guest list as it is for the magic shows and haunted pub. (Just score an invite from a member and, ta-da!, you're in).
Actor Neil Patrick Harris, President of the Academy of Magical Arts (who knew?), oversees the installation to make sure it's worthy of the landmark. Says Harris, "The Magic Castle's 50th anniversary is right around the corner and we found the perfect way to celebrate -- with a custom built Houdini escape themed aquarium from Animal Planet's TANKED. Wayde and Brett created something so special and I know our members will cherish it for years to come."
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- Tuesdays, 10|9c, A&E
Considering how much money and anxiety Americans expend over shipping (overnight, holidays, dry-ice-packed bacon ...), it makes sense there's enough drama for a TV show. Spend a day in the life of six truckers working with Austin-based uShip Inc. to get all kinds of crazy stuff to us on time. This week, Jennifer wrangles the biggest load of her career -- an airplane.
Being on TV has helped raise uShip's profile. According to Austin Business Journal, the exposure has boosted uShip's business, and the company's CEO, Matt Chasen, reports a definite uptick in the company's website traffic.
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'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'
- Wednesdays, 10|9c, TLC
America can't get enough of Honey Boo Boo. And she can't get enough barbecue. The precocious young star ordered herself a feast recently at Paradise Country Barbeque in Milledgeville, Ga., where the ribs look pretty tasty. So good that Alana (aka Honey Boo boo) declares she wants barbecue, chicken and ribs. "I get two sides. Why can't my sides be meat?" When Mama suggests her eyes might be bigger than her stomach, HBB explains, "We're fat." Dad swiftly steps in to correct her: "We're not fat, we're pleasingly plump."
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