The new season of "Shark Tank," which launched on Sept. 20, will feature the sharks -- Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban -- offering over $20 million to budding entrepreneurs, a record for the series.
New York Giants chairman and executive vp Steve Tisch and Paul Mitchell mogul John Paul DeJoria will also serve as guest sharks during the fifth season.
Another development this season is that Cuban made the show give up its equity clause, which required all contestants to give "Shark Tank's" production company either 2 percent of their profits or 5 percent equity in their company. He explained that if the clause had stayed in place, the "quality of the companies and entrepreneurs would decline."
"FYI, there is no additional equity or percentage of anything taken any longer. That was removed retroactively," the Dallas Mavericks owner wrote on Facebook. "I told them I wouldn't come back this season if it wasn't."
The additional episode order comes on the heels of CNBC announcing that it has licensed the exclusive off-network cable rights for the series, which consistently wins its time slot in the key demos. The Emmy-nominated program will begin airing on the cable network in January 2014 with an expanded schedule next fall.
Next week's episode will feature live goat rentals for landscaping needs, an unusual solution to painful bikini waxes and an emotional update on Nardo's Naturals, an organic skin care line in which Corcoran invested.
"Shark Tank" continues Fridays at 9/8 p.m. CT on ABC.