The 'Shark Tank' Stars Will Always Be In The Spotlight

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Oh, how time flies. Can you believe that another season of Shark Tank has come and gone already? And not only that, but isn't the fact that this is Season 8 of Shark Tank just absolutely difficult to fathom as well? Well, believe it or not, the Season 8 finale of Shark Tank airs on Friday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. And now I'm just thinking about when Shark Tank returns for Season 9, to be honest. UPDATE: According to a press release, Shark Tank has been renewed for Season 9, but an official premiere date has not yet been announced.

EARLIER: Well, that remains to be seen as of now. ABC has yet to officially announce whether Shark Tank will be returning for Season 9. However, I have a very good feeling that there will be more Shark Tank in the future. First of all, Shark Tank still slays in the ratings. Shark Tank's Friday, May 5 episode was the top-rated TV series in adults 18 to 49, ABC announced Tuesday. The show has also transcended just being a TV series and has become a part of the pop cultural zeitgeist, turning fledging companies into nearly-ubiquitous consumer products and even getting recognized by President Barack Obama. Shark Tank has also been holding open casting calls around the country over the past few months, according to ABC, which means that a new season is very likely on the horizon.

Without an official greenlight for Shark Tank Season 9, it's hard to know when the series will be back with new episodes if it does get renewed. However, since the most recent seasons have premiered in September, it seems likely that Shark Tank Season 9 will be a part of ABC's fall lineup, which should be announced during the network's Upfront presentation later this month.

Of course, a lot of the fun of watching Shark Tank is seeing the business savvy and sassiness of the millionaire and billionaire investors. That'll be tricky to soak up once this season of Shark Tank ends, but it won't be entirely impossible. As I'm sure you know, the Sharks are always on the hunt for their next dollar, so you better believe that they'll still have some exciting projects in the works even when they're not in the Tank. Here's what to look out for from the Sharks while you await the news of the series' fate.

Mark Cuban

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Mark Cuban is one of the more well-known Sharks, so you're sure to see him and hear from him a ton while waiting for Shark Tank to return, whether he's talking about his Dallas Mavericks team or being an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. Of course, Mark also does grab headlines for his business dealings, such as his recent investments in companies like finance app Dave, shipping startup Selery Fulfillment, and a little company called Twitter. Mark also tweets up a storm, so you can keep up to date with everything he's got going on there.

Barbara Corcoran

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Barbara Corcoran has always been my favorite Shark for her smarts, strength, and tenacity. So you know I'm not going to be able to go a few months without some Barbara in my life. Luckily, I can always pick up some of her words of wisdom on Twitter, where she often shares her best business tips. Barbara is also giving back these days, having recently partnered with T.J.Maxx to launch The Maxx You Project, which will give 80 women the chance to attend a workshop led by Barbara and Laila Ali this summer and help them achieve their goals. Now do you see why I love Barbara so much?

Kevin O'Leary

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If you've been following the news lately, you know that the past few months have been interesting for Kevin O'Leary. He hoped to become the new leader of his native Canada's Conservative Party but dropped out of the race at the end of April due to the lack of support in Quebec, which he said would make a victory over incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the 2019 general election difficult, according to The New York Times. Kevin is now backing Maxime Bernier in the race, and he hopes his supporters will do the same, as he describes in a recent video on Twitter.

Now Kevin is back to business, speaking at conferences like GrowCo in New Orleans this week. In addition to TV appearances on news programs, you may also be able to catch Kevin selling his wine line on QVC again in the future, as he did in February.

Lori Greiner

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As the "Queen of QVC," you can expect to see Lori back on this network in the near future. She's set to host an hour in her program called Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner on June 2 at 9 a.m. ET on QVC. But you can also visit Lori's very own section on QVC's website to buy her products 24/7. Like Barbara, you can also see Lori drop some business knowledge on Twitter.

Robert Herjavec

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Since Robert Herjavec wed Dancing with the Stars pro Kym Herjavec last July, he's been living the newlywed life. In fact, the couple recently revealed during an interview with ET that they're gearing up to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, which they'd like to do on vacation in Greece. Since Robert and Kym are now a bona fide celeb couple, you can probably expect to see them on many red carpets in the future. But it's not all play and no work for Robert these days. He'll be one of the keynote speakers at the 2017 World Credit Union Conference in Vienna, Austria in July. Robert also tends to speak at a lot of conferences during the year if you want to catch him live in the future.

Daymond John

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Last but certainly not least we have Daymond John, who definitely seems to be one of the busiest Sharks around. There's a good chance you'll catch Daymond on your TV in shows other than Shark Tank within the next few months since he makes a lot of media appearances. Recent appearances include The View and The Rich Eisen Show. He's also been busy building up his new business venture, Blueprint + Co, a co-working space in New York. You can also pick up business tips and tricks from Daymond through his live workshops and through his webinars.

And when the Sharks (hopefully) come back together for Season 9 of Shark Tank, I expect it to be nothing less than pure magic.