Published in The Peak Malaysia, October 2011 (Click on images to read the article).
I am addicted to TV reality shows.
But not the trashy ones that are about survival on a deserted island, nor marrying a millionaire, nor pushing people beyond their limits on fear. No, no, no.
Dearly beloved, I confess that I love watching Business TV Reality shows, where people pursue the career / business of their dreams (amongst a whole lot of jealousy, bitching and backstabbing). It makes good television and to my surprise, I learn something useful. It’s also morale boosting because sometimes contestants commit mistakes that not even your 10 year-old niece would! It’s infotainment at its best.
So here is my chosen list of Top Business TV reality shows that I highly recommend, so enjoy!
1. Dragons’ Den
A venture capitalist TV programme where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to secure investment capital from business leaders.
2. The Apprentice UK
Aspiring young businessmen and women compete for the chance to win a £100,000-a-year job as “apprentice” to the British tycoon Sir Alan Sugar.
4. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
5. Peter Perfect
6. Project Runway
Contestants compete to create the best clothes, usually restricted in time, materials, and theme; with fashion designers judging their designs.
7. Beat the Boss
So what do I love about Business-themed TV reality shows? It’s television production meets business, an irresistible combo. Plus, at least we are teaching kids that life is not Jackass, Temptation Island, Survivor or Pop Idol that will make you money and give you fame. After all, now even teenagers know the difference between profit and revenue, and equity and capital.