‘Shark Tank’ Season 12 Trailer Promises Episodes That Have ‘Never Been More Exciting’

The competitive waters of Shark Tank are about to swirl for Season 12. With aspiring entrepreneurs even hungrier for a deal due to the coronavirus crisis, this new season promises to be a nail-biter.

Returning to the Tank are the six main Sharks: Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary. Fans are eagerly awaiting the season premiere on October 16 and recently got a peek at what to expect.

Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, and Robert Herjavec of 'Shark Tank'
Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, and Robert Herjavec of ‘Shark Tank’ | Eric McCandless/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Season 12 of ‘Shark Tank’ is unlike any other

Kicking off the trailer with descriptors including “an unprecedented year,” “never been more exciting,” “inspiring,” and “life-changing,” Shark Tank Season 12 will surely leave viewers transfixed. Previewing several entrepreneurs pitching a host of products and services, the sneak peek references COVID-19 and the economic impact on small business owners.

“Right now, people are going through really hard times,” Shark Tank star Cuban says in the trailer, with clips of several contestants wiping away tears and getting emotional.

Filmed in Las Vegas with social distancing protocols in place, the reality show set has the Sharks sitting the required distance apart. New guest Sharks Blake Mycoskie and Kendra Scott will join the panel, along with returning alums Daniel Lubetsky and former MLB star Alex Rodriguez.

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Quarantined for Season 12

Both the Sharks and the entrepreneurs were required to quarantine in their Las Vegas hotel before filming. According to Cuban, there was very little wiggle room on this rule.

“It was very, very, very strict,” the NBA team owner told USA Today. “We had to quarantine for several days when we got there. We couldn’t leave our rooms. … There were little patios we could go out on, but no walking around outside. The entrepreneurs had to quarantine for an extended period in order to be able to present to us. But it was worth it.”

Corcoran noted the priority being place on health safety with all parties in compliance.

“The first concern was health,” the real estate mogul explained. “We were tested all the time. No one tested positive. Everyone was so secure and safe there. We had plenty of space (for social distancing). The area we shot in was the size of eight airport hangars. … Even though we were spread 15 feet apart, it was pretty remarkable how all of it came together and felt so normal.”

‘Shark Tank’ contestants are ‘hungrier’ this season

Both Cuban and Corcoran saw a new sense of urgency this season due to the financial repercussions of COVID-19.

“It was far more intense, not because of the health issues and the threat of getting sick, but because the entrepreneurs that came to set were hungrier than I’ve ever seen in my life,” Corcoran shared. “Usually, you get the feeling the entrepreneurs want to get an investment as an option. This time it was so different, like a last chance. Very often, they were on the last leg of their business. It added such an intensity to every pitch and every negotiation.”

In a previous interview with Variety, Cuban commented on the required quarantine adding to the pressure.

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“When the cameras started rolling, everybody was fired up and ready to go,” the tech guru revealed. “There was a lot of pent-up energy from just sitting in our rooms basically doing nothing in between shoots. So the intensity was off the charts.”

The Season 12 premiere of ABC’s Shark Tank is scheduled for October 16.