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NBC is taking a page from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, but with a twist. The peacock network is putting a Voice-like spin on their new entrepreneur reality series, Funded.

Tyra Banks will serve as one of the mentors on the business competition show. Budding start-up companies will battle it out for an investment in their business. Each episode will feature a mentor pairing up with a company.

At the end of each episode, the start-ups and their mentors will face a venture capitalist in front of a live audience and convince them that their company could be the next great company if they get the fund’s backing and that $1 million cash infusion. Only one start-up per episode can get funded.

“I have spent my life encouraging people to BYOB – Be Your Own Boss,” Banks said. “Making everyday people’s dreams come true is what I live for. ‘Funded’ is the life-changing type of television power project that gets me pumped. We will enlighten and entertain audiences big time and encourage our viewers to attack their most outrageous goals with fierce determination.”

find out who the other panelists are after the jump

Nyle DiMarco Scores First 10 On DWTS Season 22

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Normally, I don’t post this often about any Dancing With The Stars season but I’m so Team Nyle, it’s borderline obsessive. If he doesn’t win the Season 22 mirrorball, I’ll be devastated. On a side note, I’d also be okay with a Jodie Sweetin win as well. #hardcorefullerhousefan

While most faltered during the season’s requisite switch-up week, the America’s Next Top Model winner rose to the occasion. Perhaps it was the special visit from his former mentor Tyra Banks that helped him or his new partner Sharna Burgess. Whatever the reason, the 26-year-old snagged the first ’10’ of the season. And from cranky Len Goodman to boot.

Even though guest judge Maks Chmerkovskiy and Bruno Tonioli also raised their ’10’ paddle, they apparently only scored Nyle a ‘9’ on their official scorecards. In the end, it didn’t matter, DiMarco stood alone on top of the leaderboard. Check out his performance this week below.

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America’s Next Top Model just won’t die. Almost immediately after The CW canceled the long-running reality show, there were rumblings that other networks were interested in picking it up. Apparently, for a competition show, ANTM reruns do quite well.

VH1 appears to have won. The cable network announced it picked up the show for a 14-episode Cycle 23, but with one major change. Tyra Banks will no longer host the show, but will remain as an executive producer, along with Ken Mok. Read her statement below.

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Tyra Banks Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate

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Congratulations go out to Tyra Banks. The 42-year-old supermodel is a brand new mother. This baby is going to be one fierce smizer 😉

People confirms Banks and her photographer boyfriend Erik Asla welcomed a baby boy via surrogate. I always wondered why Asla snapped most of the shoots on America’s Next Top Model. Clearly, it’s because he was sleeping with the boss. I kid.

Check out Banks’ adorable Instagram announcement below of York Banks Asla. I can’t wait to see how cute he is. Congrats again to the happy couple.

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Tyra Banks Quits Talk Show ‘FABLife’

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For her first talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, it ran for five seasons and won a couple of Daytime Emmys. Second time around hasn’t proved as successful.

Just two months on the air, Tyra Banks has decided to leave her new talk show FABLife. Can’t say that I’m all that surprised. Reviews for the show have been awful.

“This is a very difficult decision, but necessary,” Tyra said in a statement to THR. “I will be devoting more time to my new, growing cosmetics company, TYRA Beauty, which is expanding faster than anticipated, as well as overseeing my company’s other entertainment ventures. I will however continue to support the growth and success of FABLife and greatly admire my fellow co-hosts and the talented production team behind the show.”

Banks will remain on the show behind-the-scenes as an executive producer until the end of December. IMHO, Tyra stepping down is just a preemptive move before the show gets officially yanked. This reeks of saving face. What do you think? Weigh in below.

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News of America’s Next Top Model’s untimely death may have been greatly exaggerated. The long-running reality show might not yet be headed to the television graveyard after all.

Just a couple weeks ago, The CW announced it was canceling ANTM. According to the network, Cycle 22 would be the last and a retrospective special was slated to air next year. Hardcore fans should be pleased to learn that Cycle 23 might become a reality.

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The CW Finally Cancels America’s Next Top Model

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It’s deuces bitches!!! America’s Next Top Model is about to sashay down the runway for the very last time.

The CW announced the long-running modeling competition will end on December 4 when Cycle 22 crowns its final Top Model winner. Believe it or not, a world without smizing, booty tooching, Ty-overs and my personal favorite, Pot Ledom, is upon us.

“America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz in a statement. “I want to thank Tyra [Banks] and Ken [Mok] for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the U.S., but all across the world”

ANTM first premiered on UPN in 2003. When UPN and The WB merged, the Tyra Banks show was the first show to air on The CW. With ANTM officially dunzo, Supernatural is the sole remaining show from the WB/UPN era.

Though no confirmed plans have been made, the network is reportedly considering a retrospective Top Model special in 2016. Given it’s mark on pop culture, I believe The CW should air one. Read Banks’ statement below.

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Based on the picture above, I’d say he has what it takes to be a bottom 😉

On America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks plays the dotting supportive mentor. On tonight’s Glee, Banks gets to channel her inner bitch by playing a tough modeling agent. Fittingly enough, her character’s name is Bichette. She reveals in the behind-the-scenes clip, her experiences as a young model with bitchy agents serves as inspiration for her portrayal.

If Banks isn’t enough to make you tune in to tonight’s episode, perhaps a shirtless Chord Overstreet will do the trick. Contrary to Bichette’s advice, I think Sam needs to gain ten pounds instead of losing it. More muscle preferably. He heads to New York with Blaine to visit Rachel, Kurt and Santana. Also on Glee tonight, the Gleeks pay homage to Billy Joel. Check out both Tyra’s BTS clip and “Movin’ Out” promo below.

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