|Cedric shows off his Wacky Worm Racing Game on The Toy Box. (ABC)|
TV SHOW REVIEWTonight ABC debuts its new entrepreneurial show, The Toy Box, where new inventors of toys and games come to compete for a chance to have their product made by Mattel and sold at Toys R Us. Though the topic is toys and some of the cast members are children, the show should be enjoyable for both kids and adults. And while the show is quite different from Shark Tank, it does have noticeable similarities. Many of the inventors have invested years a money into their toys and games and will be drilled by advisors and judges.
Each episode of The Toy Box features five contestants who first show their invention to a panel of three mentors (Dylan’s Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar creative director of Consumer Products, Jen Tan). If the three of them find the product favorable, they will advance to meet with the judges, a panel of four pint-sized children with big ideas. The judges are Sophia Grace Brownlee (who has appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show), Aalyrah Caldwell (star from the cancelled ABC sitcom Uncle Buck), Toby Grey (The Unexpected John Cena Prank) and Noah Ritter (who has also appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show).
|The judges: Sophia Grace Brownlee, Aalyrah Caldwell, Toby Grey and Noah Ritter (ABC)|
|The advisors: Jim Silver, Dylan Lauren and Jen Tan|
The show is hosted by Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet who I found to be a major disappointment. Unlike his character on the sitcom, Stonestreet seems to lack the energy this show demands. He even seems somewhat disinterested and bored with the proceedings, at least in the pilot episode. It just isn’t a natural fit.
So, while The Toy Box isn’t a perfect show, it is entertaining as it is interesting and is definitely kid-friendly, which is always a nice plus. The show airs on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.