This ‘NCIS: LA’ Actor And ‘Fixer Upper’ Stars Met For a Really Cool Occasion


Our favorites, Chip and Joanna Gaines seem to have a new friend from NCIS: LA! Eric Christian Olsen (Marty Deeks on the show) recently shared a photo with the couple. We love that NCIS: LA and Fixer Upper worlds have collided and for a really cool reason… they all went to Harvard!

It seems that the stars have met while they are taking a class at Harvard. They are participating in the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports (BEMS) program at the impressive Harvard University in Massachusetts.


Learn more about the BEMS program at Harvard

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Leave it to @chipgaines and I to be the only guys at @harvardhbs wearing baseball caps. You can take the boys out of the wild, but U can't take the wild out of the boys. The learning NEVER stops. 10,000 thanks you's to @anitaelberse for being my Yoda and believing in me. Take the adventure! #Repost @anitaelberse with @get_repost ・・・ Boooom!!! We’re at it again with the “Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports” (#BEMS) program! As always, the class includes a number of people with careers that stand out even from the accomplished executives that normally fill our classrooms… Collectively, this group alone has won an NBA Championship 🏀, Olympic Gold medal 🥇, UEFA Champions League trophy, Golden Ball and Golden Glove award, and scored 5 World Cup Goals in total across three consecutive World Cups ⚽️; received 2 ESPYs, 10 All League Teams, 2 McDonald’s All-American, and 5 All-Star selections; made 5 NCAA Final Four appearances, played 220 national-team games 🏆, won 1 Grammy and 2 MTV Music Video Awards 🎶; starred in 300 television episodes 📺, solving countless (fictional) crimes and surprising nearly 80 couples with a beautifully renovated home (involving as many demo days and an estimated 700 tons of shiplap 😉); and even has a royal title (that’s right — we have a real prince in the house! 👑) So inspiring that even for these superstars, the learning never stops—and amazing that they chose to join us at @HarvardHBS this week. 🙏🙌😍 #Harvard #BEMS #crushingit @lifeatHBS (📷 by the equally amazing @evephoto)

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The course is taught by professor Anita Elberse. In the photo shared by Eric, you may also see singer Ciara, basketball player Julius Randle, and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn too. According to Harvard’s website, here is a description of the course and what students will learn: “Emphasizing the obstacles facing entertainment industry decision-makers, this program will help you develop and execute more effective business strategies.”


It continues, “You will debate and analyze the business and technology trends that are redefining the industry—from the viewpoints of the content producer, content reseller/aggregator, talent manager, and consumer—as you learn how to launch and manage creative products and portfolios more strategically.”

It seems Eric and the Gaines are becoming fast friends, as Eric mentioned Chip in the photo caption. He wrote, “Leave it to @chipgaines and I to be the only guys at @harvardhbs wearing baseball caps. You can take the boys out of the wild, but U can’t take the wild out of the boys.”

Professor Elberse has also been posting photos sharing some of the highlights of the BEMS program. For the first day, Chip and Joanna got to share more about their start on Fixer Upper and how it grew to be a huge television series. They also talked about they are launching their own network. We can’t wait to see the network on television!

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We concluded the first full day of the BEMS program with a “live case” discussion with Magnolia legends @joannagaines and @chipgaines and, well… it’s pretty obvious that we had a blast. 😃 So interesting to learn more about how they got their start with Fixer Upper, grew it into a television phenomenon, built the Magnolia brand and drove crowds to Waco, Texas, and how they now approach the launch of their own network. They absolutely crushed it. 🔥🔥🔥 And to think that they are spending time with us while celebrating their 1️⃣6️⃣th wedding anniversary… Pretty impossible not to love these two — these are the kind of events I could only dream of when I started at @HarvardHBS — so I figured some cake was in order… 😍🎂🙌 #Harvard #BEMS #lifeatHBS (📷 by my favorite sidekick @kev.wolf)

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Scroll through the photos above to see more, including Chip and Joanna’s anniversary cake!

During the program, Chip and Joanna also celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary. Professor Elberse even got them a cake to celebrate! How sweet is that?

We can only hope that NCIS: LA and the Gaines worlds will collide again soon. What do you think about their new friendship and these stars taking a BEMS program at Harvard University? Pretty cool, right?

Love NCIS: LA? Good news! It is being renewed by CBS… get all of the details here!

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