webermpolarisnet 15 Sep 2005 I watched the premiere of "Made in the USA", a new reality show which features inventors who are competing for a spot on QVC (or some home shopping channel). I'm not very familiar with the celebrity judges, but one was the man who started/invented Atari, a woman from QVC who invented some kind of mop who played the "Paula Abdul" role, and some weird tatooed gay designer who wore the worst glasses ever playing this show's "Simon". The first round consisted of the contestants giving their initial pitches to the group. Some ideas were pretty neat, while others were just plain stupid. I was rather impressed with the baby stroller that could be converted into a car seat and the customizable women's shoes and a material with which one could make a floating garden, but a lot of them were just lame, like a strap-on skateboard "seat belt" for the feet, some surfer hippy's water aerobics gear (he wore a gilligan hat and a wetsuit), and a BBQ fork with a bar to push the food off it (why not use tongs like you're sppsd to?). After narrowing the herd down to a dozen, the judges offered the first round of elimination: offer a pitch for a "mystery object", which turned out to be a banana. Surprisingly, some people knew how to sell that banana and others were just sad. After this competition, the group was narrowed down to six: convertible shoes, floating garden, the quad-zipper, hair extensions, Gorilla Gripper , and a water delivery system for football players (think of those hats with can holders). The show has a lot of promise and doesn't seem to have the back-biting we see so often in these shows, but I'm not sure how long I'll keep watching because I'm not really excited about most of the inventions.