It’s that time of year again in the entertainment industry when the broadcast networks launch new television shows for the fall season. Over 100 scripts are whittled down to approximately 15 shows that will actually be produced and aired. All of this got me thinking about some of my favorite shows that have unwittingly prepared me for the Cross Continent MBA program in some way or another.
- No Reservations – This show practically reinvented the contemporary travelogue. Anthony Bourdain’s unique perspective reminds you that the journey is truly about new experiences, new friendships, and interesting company over a great meal.
- The Layover – A very close cousin of No Reservations, this show, also hosted by Anthony Bourdain, will give you excellent ideas on what to do during that very long layover in some new city that you are likely to experience at some point during the Cross Continent program.
- House Hunters International – Ever wonder how much homes and apartments go for around the world and in some of the areas you are about to visit? Then look no further than House Hunters International. You can also impress your fellow classmates with your new knowledge of their local housing markets.
- Breaking Bad – First off, this really was one of the best shows on television in the last 20 years. While I absolutely do not endorse the product being sold and produced by Walt and Jessie, the show actually does a fantastic job of chronicling the business decisions of a start-up. What is our market? How is our product different than the competition? How we are going to distribute our product and take our business international? Again, for the record, I do not approve of the product, but the show is excellent and will get you thinking about business.
- The Walking Dead – Because with all of the jet lag, midterms, team projects, and finals there will be a lot of days when you feel like a zombie.
- Friday Night Lights – Team Fuqua is very real and reminiscent of the tight knit community in Friday Night Lights. The show is much more than football; it is a character piece where everyone strives to do their best. Not everything always goes according to plan, and it is reassuring to know that a strong community with a distinct culture is always present to help you navigate whatever obstacles are in your path and to provide support in whatever direction life takes you. To quote the show’s motto, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.”