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Tonight: Dragons’ Den, Republic of Doyle

Dragons’ Den, CBC
An entrepreneur bares all with her cheeky business; the Dragons wonder if an inventor is driven by blind ambition; and a cheesy pitch leaves the Dragons hungry for more. Plus an established entrepreneur tries to convince the Dragons his next big idea will drive in some serious change.

Republic of Doyle, CBC – “Smash Derby”
An insurance case involving the temperamental victim of a car collision leads to intrigue at the track; Leslie resists meeting with the force therapist; Mal and Jake keep a big secret from Rose.

Ratings: Week of October 13

From Bill Brioux:

The week in Canada: Oct. 13 – 19
CBC saw it’s top drama, Murdoch Mysteries, pull 1,029,000 on a Thanksgiving Monday. Strange Empire followed at 9 with 312,000. Continue reading.

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Tonight: Dragons’ Den, Republic of Doyle

Dragons’ Den, CBC
A new Dragon exercises his will and tightens his wallet; an athletic pitch hopes to line-up a deal; and siblings try to yodel their way into the Dragons’ hearts. Plus a multi-million dollar valuation gives the Dragons a product they can really sink their teeth into.

Republic of Doyle, CBC – “No Rest for the Convicted”
Jake must keep his loose-cannon bail benefactor in check while chasing a dodgy money trail; Leslie returns to work but with some conditions; Sloan’s decisions force Jake into making a deal with the devil. Guest stars: Aaron Abrams, Crystal Lowe, Sarah Power, Sean Panting, Steve O’Connell, Shawn Doyle, Ron White, Lola Tash, Jamie Spilchuk, Sam Kalilieh.

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Review: Wek and Vij bring new fire to Dragons’ Den

With nine seasons under its belt, you’d expect Dragons’ Den to be a little, well, long in the tooth. Less than fiery. Lacking bite. You would, however, be wrong.

The secret to the veteran CBC show’s success is its skill at being able to mix a feisty bunch of outsized Type-A personalities on its panel of Canadian entrepreneurs. I must admit that I was a little worried for the franchise after Kevin O’Leary and Bruce Croxon exited, the former to focus on Bell Media projects and ABC’s Shark Tank where he’s been doing double duty with former Canuck Dragon Robert Herjavec. O’Leary, the Simon Cowell of the reality show, would be hard to replace.

So producers didn’t bother trying to find someone to fill O’Leary’s expensive loafers with the same personality. They went glitzier. A little more rock ‘n’ roll. With hair. Enter financial whiz Michael Wekerle and celebrity chef Vikram Vij, who capably fill those empty spots on the panel. Wekerle–a.k.a. Wek–is a sight to behold. With his shiny, patterned suits, tattoos, blonde hair and gravelly voice, he commands attention in Wednesday’s first new episode. He’s quick with a quip and a comment and prefers to go last in his bids to budding entrepreneurs.

Vij brings a West Coast calm to the panel–the ying to Wekerle’s yang–but don’t let his soft demeanour and smooth tone fool you. This is a man who has built a culinary empire and isn’t afraid to let you know how he truly feels. Two dudes found that out the hard way when they attempted to get some cash for their new tablet-form energy drink.

“Are you trying to kill me?” Vij asked after reading the chemical ingredients. “If I had to drink this … I’d barf!”

The new duo get along just fine with veteran panelists David Chilton, Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t take long for Wek to bond with Treliving over the energy drink pitch. Wek was worried the stuff would be bought by kids and mixed with booze and was vocal about it. Treliving admitted he hadn’t thought of that and backed out of the deal.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom with regard to pitches in Wednesday’s return. Everyone but Vij was tossing out offers to a woman who had come up with a mining outfit tailored specifically for females on the crew, a brilliant idea. Not so brilliant? A rake that refused to stand on-end as advertised and a pillow that wrapped around the wearer’s head like a fuzzy helmet so one could nap anywhere. The creator of that admitted he had been “really tired” when he came up with the idea.

Dragons’ Den airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

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Tonight: Dragons’ Den, Republic of Doyle

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Two new Dragons breathe fire into the Den. A married couple vow they’ll get a rise out of the Dragons; an entrepreneur hopes he has enough material to write the Dragons into his next chapter; and a major solution to a minor problem heats things up between the Dragons.

Republic of Doyle, CBC – “Dirty Deeds”
Jake must fight off his enemies while trying to solve a case for a hapless inmate as he struggles to come to terms with what happened to Leslie. The Doyles adjust to life after Jake’s daughter stole their life savings. Guest Stars: Jason O’Mara, Megan Follows, Jason Gray-Stanford, Sean Panting, Joel Thomas Hynes, Arnold Pinnock, Karen Cliché, Paul Wilson, Chris Eustace.