March 30, 2006 12:02 AM by Joe Blackmon
The nationwide search for America’s next big invention continues with open casting calls in San Francisco, New York and Denver. Thousands of inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs of all ages applied. Viewers will see inventions ranging from the hilarious to the tragic, and inventors from the passionate to the downright crazy. Some highlights include a man who has been working on a child safety seat since he lost his daughter in a car accident years ago. You’ll also see a truck driver so confident in his invention that he’s willing to run a car over it to prove its strength. "American Inventor," the embodiment of the ultimate American dream from Simon Cowell and the producers of "American Idol," airs THURSDAY, MARCH 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Matt Gallant hosts. "American Inventor’s" panel of expert judges include show co-creator Peter Jones, one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs, who has created a $500 Million Business empire; Doug Hall, an inventor, bestselling author and radio host, and also the founder and CEO of Eureka! Ranch, an inventing, training and research firm; Ed Evangelista, an executive creative director at the New York headquarters of JWT; and Mary Lou Quinlan, founder and CEO of Just Ask a Woman, one of the premiere women’s marketing companies in the U.S.
American Inventor" is produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco Television LLC and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. The executive producers are Simon Cowell, Liz Bronstein, Siobhan Greene, Nigel Hall, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Peter Jones. Co-executive producer is Daniel Soiseth.