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Mike Rowe Discusses How 'Dirty Jobs' Has Evolved in the Recession (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 8:30PM
In an era where America's unemployment rate is stubbornly hovering around 10%, Mike Rowe's Discovery show 'Dirty Jobs' has evolved from gross-out TV into an exploration of the harsh conditions faced by the country's working poor.

As he discussed on 'Rachael Ray' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), when the show started it was "really dirty and kind of gross," and while it still certainly is still those things, it's grown to mean something more.

"Today, the show is about people, and the conversation that's really grown out of the show isn't about poop-jokes and misadventures in animal husbandry ... it's really more about what is a good job today, and what are we encouraging people to pursue," Rowe said.

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Top Five Death-Wish Shows on the Discovery Channel

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 10th 2010 9:00AM
Deadliest Catch, crab fishingDiscovery Channel unveiled its lineup for the 2010-11 season this week, and it looks like more stellar programming for the real-life stories network. You can read more about it here, but two that caught my eye are 'Engineering the Impossible,' where a team of specialists search for clues about how some of the world's most fantastic structures were built; and 'The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.' a documentary executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

This made me think about some of my favorite shows on the Discovery Channel, and I realized that they usually involve people in ridiculously disgusting or deadly situations. I think of these as the "real" reality shows, rather than the manufactured reality shows like 'Survivor' and 'The Amazing Race.'

Ok, we'll take Bear Grylls out of the equation, because, clearly, there's no need for him to be dropped into the wilderness and have to drink his own pee. But the others on my list are just awesome people doing death-wish jobs no one else wants to do. Follow me after the jump to see who made my top five list.

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History Picks Up First Reality Competition Series

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 9th 2009 11:14AM
Think you've got what it takes to be a "top shot?"

The History Channel thinks so, as they've announced the network's first reality-style game show. 'Top Shot' will feature contestants vying in sharp-shooting contests, in which each week one contestant is eliminated. According to the Hollywood Reporter, elimination challenges will be "inspired by real-life events in history, from Wild West shootouts to sniper missions."

The show is set to premiere in 2010 and has an initial 10-episode order. The show's inception comes from reality television veteran Craig Piligian ('Dirty Jobs,' 'Ghost Hunters'). ."

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Discovery serves up storms, ghosts, crabs for Thanksgiving

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 10th 2009 2:00PM
Discovery will serve reality show marathons this Thanksgiving.Nothing says "holiday season" like tornadoes, ghosts and animal dung. So, Discovery Channel is running marathons of their reality shows to make the yuletide season gay.

The network's scheduling release states that Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, Storm Chasers and Ghost Lab will each get a turn offering guys something to watch while they undo their belts after the big meal (and while the ladies do the dishes).

Here's the programming slate for when you're not watching football or A Year without a Santa Claus:

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day: Mythbusters – 9 a.m. ET/PT – 3AM ET/PT
Nov. 27: Day after Thanksgiving: Deadliest Catch – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Nov. 28: Dirty Jobs – 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Nov. 29: Storm Chasers – 1 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve: Dirty Jobs – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Dec. 25: Christmas Day: Mythbusters – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Dec. 26: Deadliest Catch – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve: Ghost Lab – 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Jan. 1, 2010/New Year's Day: Mythbusters – 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.

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What to Watch Tuesday, Feb. 24

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 24th 2009 5:00AM
Leverage'Leverage'
(10PM, TNT) 1st season finale
If you've missed out on this drama starring Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton, here's the chance to catch a replay of the entire first season (10AM).

The marathon ends with the season finale, where Hutton's modern-day Robin Hood-ish Nate must reunite his merry band of men and women grifters to avoid jail. Nate's pals are all in hiding after their plan for revenge against the company that denied medical treatment for Nate's now-dead son went awry.

Nate has hatched a new, even bolder, scheme to get even with his nemesis Blackpoole (guest star Kevin Tighe), but the stakes for the new heist are even higher for him and the team: Either vengeance, or life-long jail sentences, are theirs.


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What to Watch Tuesday, Feb. 10

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 10th 2009 5:00AM
A Charlie Brown Valentine'Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown' and 'A Charlie Brown Valentine'
(8PM & 8:30PM, ABC)
It's Valentine's Day again, which, for the hapless Charlie Brown, means yet another chance to be blown off by the Little Red-Haired Girl.

First up, in the 1975 classic 'Be My Valentine,' CB waits (and waits and waits ...) for a Valentine card, only to have to settle for a recycled, belated greeting from Violet. In 2002's 'A Charlie Brown Valentine,' the yellow-shirted dude decides to get proactive and call LRHG to invite her to the Valentine's Day dance. In true CB fashion, he dials chatty Peppermint Patty instead

Don't feel too bad for our hero though; after 'Be My Valentine' first aired in 1975, school children across the country sent thousands of Valentine's Day cards to Charlie Brown.


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What to Watch Tuesday, Jan. 6

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 6th 2009 5:00AM
Scrubs'Scrubs'
(9PM and 9:30PM, ABC) 8th season premiere
The quirky sitcom that never seemed to get any love from the Peacock network during its seven seasons on NBC has moved to ABC, where J.D., Turk. Dr. Cox and the gang are welcomed with back-to-back episodes.

That's not all that's changed, as the show, which had gotten bogged down with too much focus on matters outside the hospital, has returned to the scene of the doctors' funniest moments. There's also a new chief of staff -- played by guest star Courteney Cox -- whose cheeriness causes Dr. Cox to suspect she's not as nice as she appears to be.

No worries though ... Kelso's still hanging around Sacred Heart, and still causing grief for hapless Sacred Heart attorney Ted.


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What to Watch Friday, Dec. 26

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 26th 2008 5:00AM
jennifer aniston'Jennifer Aniston: An E! Entertainment Special'
(8PM, E!)
That GQ magazine cover would seem to prove that there's little yet to be revealed about the 'Friends' and 'Marley & Me' star.

But the E! folk claim otherwise, as this special delves into her early career, her 'Friends' days and her more recent comedy works, including her well-received guest gig on '30 Rock' this season.

And, of course, no Aniston bio would be complete without a peek into her personal life, which includes interviews with celeb pals Marlo Thomas and Kathy Najimy, and dish on the Brangelina brouhaha, her tempestuous relationship with her mom and her recent on-again, off-again romance with playboy rock star John Mayer.


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What to Watch Tuesday, Dec. 16

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 16th 2008 5:00AM
biggest loser'The Biggest Loser: Families'
(8PM, NBC) 6th season finale
America, you made the call. In tonight's live season ender, Michelle and Vicky have secured their spots as finalists.

But husband and wife Ed and Heba are vying for the third finalist spot and a shot at the $250,000 grand prize, and audience votes will determine which one it will be. Has the viewing audience heeded Ed's chivalrous plea to vote for his spouse?

Meanwhile, in a season that has included plenty of drama (Vicky!), fun challenges and dramatic, inspiring physical transformations, the eliminated players also return for a final weigh-in to determine who's won the $100,000 check for the biggest at-home weight loss.


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What to Watch Tuesday, Nov. 4

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 4th 2008 5:00AM
daily show and colbert report'Indecision '08: America's Choice'
(10PM, Comedy Central)
Sure, the usual news suspects will be reporting on election day results all night long.

But after what has seemed like the longest presidential campaign in history, we're looking for a little humor, a little snark with our election night news, so we'll be tuning in for the unique wrap-up that only Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert can provide.

Though which presidential candidate -- John McCain or Barack Obama -- will be leading our economically-challenged country through the next four years is obviously the biggest race of the day, it's not the only important decision voters will have made; 35 senate seats, all 435 House of Representative seats and 11 governors' slots are also up for grabs.


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What to Watch Tuesday, Oct. 21

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 21st 2008 5:00AM
Eli Stone'Eli Stone'
(10PM, ABC)
Oooo, wait 'til Tom Cruise finds out that Katie Holmes is having an affair with Eli Stone; he'll be couch-hoppin' mad!

Actually, the female half of TomKat is guest-starring as a dancing, singing woman Eli sees in one of his visions. The next day, at a baseball game, he meets the woman of his dream in real life, and she turns out to be Grace, a fellow attorney who embarks on a romance with Mr. Stone.

Grace also has a mysterious case that may tie in with the client Eli's representing, a man who wants to stop his son, who was killed in Iraq, from having a military burial. Does this mean Grace may turn out to be a metaphorical figment of Eli's imagination after all?


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What to Watch Tuesday, Oct. 7

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 7th 2008 5:00AM
Real Housewives of Atlanta'Real Housewives of Atlanta'
(9PM, Bravo) series premiere
Bravo's headed down south to Hotlanta for the latest behind-the-scenes look at how the rich and desperate-to-be-famous live.

Among the Atlanta 'Housewives': Lisa, who operates real estate, fashion and modeling businesses, is mother to three kids and wife of an NFL linebacker; DeShawn, who's heavily involved in local charities, is mom to three boys and married to NBA-er Eric Snow; and Sheree, a single mom who's launching her own clothing line.

Though the women have lots in common, that, of course, doesn't mean there won't be plenty of headbutting drama, as in tonight's birthday party for Sheree, where the celebration takes a turn for the catty.


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Sesame Street is going to be awesome - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 31st 2008 9:37AM
Will Arnett on Sesame StreetThe new season of Sesame Street is right around the corner and, while I normally wouldn't give it a second thought, I am unusually excited right now. No, this isn't a snarky rant about how I've been driven to children's TV because of the sorry state of grown-up programming. Sesame Street's 39th season, starting August 11th, looks like it has a lot of fun lined up not only for the pre-schoolers but parents as well. I already posted Feist's upcoming special take on "1 2 3 4", but I had no idea how many amazing guest appearances were coming. Just check out this star-filled highlight reel after the jump.

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Andy DeHart, Shark Week expert: The TV Squad Interview

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 22nd 2008 10:56AM
Great White Shark
Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Andy DeHart, a shark expert who currently works at the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. Dehart talked to me about his first experience with sharks (when he was five!), about his interest in conservation of the species, and about Shark Week, Discovery's annual documentary series (in its 21st year this summer). Other than Big Brother, Shark Week is the only reason I turn on the TV in the summer. I was pretty excited to talk to him about this year's event.

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Discovery announces schedule for Shark Week

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 27th 2008 12:04PM
Shark Week The 21st annual Shark Week is coming this summer to Discovery. Les Stroud (Survivorman) and Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) will join Adam Savage and Jamie Hyman (MythBusters) and many more experts on excursions to Bahamas, South Africa, the Arctic, Australia and a whole lot of places in between. This year they will spotlight lesser-known and unusual sharks, address myths about sharks, and educate the public on the conservation of sharks.

Shark Week will air July 27 to August 2nd. Sunday through Friday programming will run from 7 p.m. till midnight ET/PT. And on Saturday programming will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET/PT.

Find out what show I'm looking forward to and what other shows Discovery has planned after the jump.

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