Sunday, October 23, 2011

Chuck Season 5: Working Out the Kinks

by Ray Keating
Business Tips on TV #3

NBC’s Chuck returns for its fifth and final season on Friday night, October 28. And it looks like all the stops will be pulled out in terms of guests, characters, story - and yes, potential lessons for career and business that build on those offered during seasons one to four as I laid out in “Chuck” vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV.

As for the guest stars, the line-up includes Mark Hamill, Cheryl Ladd, Bo Derek, Stan Lee, Carrie Ann Morris, Rebecca Romijn, and Tim DeKay.

Meanwhile, relationships between the main characters are going to be shaken up, as Morgan (Joshua Gomez) now has the Intersect (a computer with all of the government’s secrets) in his head, Chuck (Zachary Levi) has lost the Intersect, and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck are now married.

As for the story, at the end of last season, Chuck, Sarah and Casey (Adam Baldwin) were fired from the CIA/NSA. But with a nearly billion-dollar wedding gift, Chuck and Sarah now own the Buy More, as well as their own private spy firm called Carmichael Industries, with Morgan and Casey on board.

This all sounds like a heck of a lot of fun. Get’s one wondering why this is the last season?

But running the Buy More and starting up Carmichael Industries opens the door to some potential lessons in terms of entrepreneurship.

Suddenly, Chuck and Sarah will have to deal with the less-than-inspiring Big Mike as the manager of the Buy More, and the always troublesome (and always funny) Nerd Herd employees Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay).

At the same time, in terms of Carmichael Industries, they will face many of the challenges of establishing and building a firm. That apparently will include training Morgan in his new job as the Intersect, and based on a season sneak peek, trying to make Casey more client friendly. Given Casey’s military/assassin training and take-no-prisoners attitude, that could be a mighty task.

As Chuck says in one of the early clips from season five, “We’re still working out the kinks.”

Of course, one quick and easy tool to get Chuck, Sarah and you thinking the right way about working out the kinks in business and career is “Chuck” vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV ... if I may say so myself.


Ray Keating is the author of “Chuck” vs. the Business World: Business Tips on TV (available at He also is an economist, weekly newspaper columnist, and adjunct college business professor.

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