Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dragons Den: Gift of the Magi

Nothing says happy holidays like a group of wanna-be entrepreneurs shamelessly promoting themselves and their products to an already established group of entrepreneurs.

You’d be crazy to miss tonight’s Dragon’s Den, which features a pile of holiday-themed pitches and more-hilarity-than usual mixed in with the business of making money. If lovin’ Dragons is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

As always, tonight’s episode features a little something for everyone. For those already feeling festive, there’s a cool Christmas tree stand with a built in watering element. For comedy fans, there’s a pair of sock-hat entrepreneurs who invite the dragons to invest in their Pook toques, a trendy winter hat (think sock monkey for the head).

For fans of after-school specials, tonight’s epi features a family with an innovative therapeutic slipper business called Cozy Soles. And for fans of sci-fi and adventure, there’s a theme-park developer who brings the dragons a stylized-marketing approach that’s a little bit Gene Rodenberry mixed with a whole lot of L. Ron Hubbard.

There’s no nativity scene to speak of, though you won’t soon forget the impressive and adorable 11-year-old kids who bring the dragons their invention, an impressive board game called Let’s Dance. If you watch the show regularly, you won’t be surprised which one of the dragons offers the girls a ‘gift of the magi.'

Dragons’ Den has proven to be the gift that keeps giving to CBC, thanks to high ratings and its charismatic entrepreneurs: Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary, W. Brett Wilson, Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving. More episodes are in the wings for the new year. Until then, tonight’s episode manages to be both naughty and nice, just like the dragons themselves.

And look for O'Leary and Herjavec on ABC's Shark Tank when it returns in January.

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