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America's Greatest Makers

America's Greatest Makers

  • Premiered: 
    April 5, 2016
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  • Network: tbs
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: science, engineering, entrepreneur

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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Mark Burnett, AMERICA'S GREATEST MAKERS is a one-hour reality series that takes 24 teams of makers from across the country and puts them in head-to-head competition to invent game-changing technology for a chance to go home with $1 million. Innovators include a 15-year-old girl seeking to help her aging grandfather, a husband-and-wife partnership looking to improve a person's fitness, a professor and her student eager to reduce stress and worry for new parents, and many more makers from across America. In the first two episodes, each team speed pitches their wearable or smart device idea to the judging panel consisting of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich; business and financial expert Carol Roth; comedian, serial entrepreneur and co-host of truTV's Hack My Life Kevin Pereira; and one of the celebrity guests. The roster of celebrity guests includes sports legends Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith; Emmy-nominated actress Mayim Bialik, who co-stars in the hit series The Big Bang Theory; and Massimo Banzi, maker and co-founder and CEO of Arduino, which makes popular development boards for inventors to create. Once all of the teams have finished the initial speed pitching round, the judges will choose 15 to move forward in the competition. Over the next five weeks, those teams then face off against each other, with three teams competing each week for $100,000 and a spot in the finals, where five finalist teams present their finished products in one last round of competition, after which the judges reveal which team takes home $1 million. In the months leading up to the series premiere, Cara Santa Maria hosted a digital channel (, including several videos featuring makers and their work.
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, TBS premiered the season finale of AMERICA'S GREATEST MAKERS. In the season ender, the five finalist teams bring their refined devices to the panel one last time for the chance to win $1,000,000. Plus, the judges welcome Mike Rowe, and Kenny Smith returns to the panel.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by MGM Television