I am, admittedly, a Tim Ferris fan. I have all three of his books and subscribe to his blog. I am not a Tim fanboy, but do enjoy his work.
I recently watched the first episode of The Tim Ferris Experiment and enjoyed it. The show is very straightforward and does not contain a whole lot of fluff. Tim introduces the premise, in this episode learning to drum well enough to play one song on stage (with Foreigner!) and then sets off on his quest. Each show focuses on Tim learning one new skill in one week. Featured prominently is one of Mr. Ferris' favorite laws, "The Pareto Principle" AKA 80/20 rule. Tim finds the 20% that is most important to learning a skill and focuses on that.
I enjoyed that they really showed each step, especially Tim's FIRST attempt at drumming. They really get into how it feels to be completely new at something with absolutely no experience and then show how you can progress with the right help.
Tim Ferris detractors who feel that he espouses shortcuts for everything will also enjoy this show as it feature Tim working non-stop for a full week, showing that hard work also helps.
I look forward to seeing what other challenges and skills are presented during the season.