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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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Andy Samberg On Staying Alive as Shark Week's Chief Shark Officer (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 29th 2011 9:05AM
Andy Samberg, Shark WeekAndy Samberg has a lot of weight on his shoulders as Shark Week 2011's Chief Shark Officer. But, just how did the 'Saturday Night Live' funnyman get this "jawesome" gig?

"I think I'm Chief Shark Officer for obvious reasons," Samberg said. "I love sharks, I'm a really bad swimmer, Justin Timberlake passed. What else? Mainly the third one."

In the exclusive video interview below, Samberg, while soaking wet and standing in the ocean, details his experiences as Chief Shark Officer.

"The worst thing about being Chief Shark Officer is that I had to go to the Bahamas! It doesn't smell like whiz or homeless people anywhere here," he joked. "I'm just so homesick. It's going to be so sucky when I have to go back."

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'Dirty Jobs' Host Refuses to Let Buckets Defeat Him (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 29th 2010 7:55AM
Mike Rowe Attacks Buckets on 'Dirty Jobs'On 'Dirty Jobs' (Tue., 9PM ET on DSC), Mike Rowe encounters two buckets stuck together, one inside the other. They will not budge. Though not usually a perfectionist, Mike refuses to let this one go.

"Sometimes it just gets personal," he explains. "I want to be able to say I got these buckets apart. And I no longer care what it takes!"

His partner grabs a tool: that doesn't work. Rowe begins hitting the buckets against a ledge, then the edge of a barrel. Finally, the two men are able to pull the buckets apart. "It's the little things -- small victories," the host says.

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Mike Rowe Gets Animated About 'South Park' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 9th 2010 7:45PM
Mike Rowe's TV aspirations reach well beyond 'Dirty Jobs' and manly voiceover work. In fact, the Discovery Channel host has been saying recently that he'd love to be on another show.

That show is 'South Park.' Really.

So I couldn't help but ask: why 'South Park'? Here, Mr. Rowe explains just exactly what he'd like to do on the foul-mouthed, un-PC cartoon, why he can see Cartman falling in love with 'Dirty Jobs' and how man-cow impregnation factors into all of this. Yes, in typical fashion, this does get a little filthy, but that's just the way we like Mike.

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'Dirty Jobs': Mike Rowe Spits at 'Sea Monsters' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 3rd 2010 5:15AM
'Dirty Jobs': Mike Rowe Spits at 'Sea Monsters'On 'Dirty Jobs' (Tue., 8PM ET on Discovery), Mike Rowe takes on the worst careers known to man. He's climbed into sewers, collected bat droppings, even pulled chewing gum off of sidewalks. But the new episode adds a unique title to Rowe's resume -- "Sea Lamprey Exterminator."

What is a sea lamprey? They're horrifying "sea monsters." The creatures resemble a cross between an eel and a leech ... and they can grow up to three feet long.

Lampreys have suction-cup mouths with razor sharp teeth -- they attach themselves to fish, bore holes through their skin, and feast on the fish's innards. Grossed out yet? On occasion, lampreys have even attacked humans. Now it's Mike's job to deal with them.

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What's Mike Rowe's Favorite Curse Word? The 'Dirty Jobs' Host Talks Dirty To Us (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 26th 2010 8:55PM
Mike Rowe, 'Dirty Jobs'Mike Rowe has done over 250 'Dirty Jobs' (Tuesdays, 9PM ET on Discovery), but even when he's covered in sewage, up to his knees in garbage and being bitten by angry lemurs, we very rarely hear him curse.

Until now.

I asked the 'Dirty Jobs' frontman his favorite dirty word, and got a bleep-filled answer and very thorough explanation. Looks like he's put some thought into this one ... watch and see the fabulous filthiness fly.

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The Show Girl Gets 'Dirty' with Mike Rowe, Talks 'In Treatment' & 'School Pride' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 22nd 2010 10:00AM
Mike Rowe, 'Dirty Jobs'Mike Rowe does a lot of 'Dirty Jobs,' but this week I get him to do the one job that millions of people around the world do every single day, often multiple times a day. Any guesses? He also shares cold, hard cell phone picture evidence (shown here) that a lemur bite is serious business, and says he'd love to romance the main character on one of TV's funniest shows.

I've also got details on the latest season of 'In Treatment,' including new castmembers Debra Winger and Amy Ryan and what the airing schedule is like this year, since they love to change it up and confuse us all.

Then I catch up with Cheryl Hines and Denise Cramsey to talk about their new reality-renovation show 'School Pride,' which they say has "the biggest impact of any renovation show ever" ... and judging by the emotion it stirs in me, I might have to agree.

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Mike Rowe Talks 'Dirty Jobs,' Manscaping & Where He'll Be in 20 Years (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 19th 2010 11:30AM
Mike Rowe of 'Dirty Jobs'I'll take any excuse I can get to hang out with Mike Rowe. Sure he's on a hit TV show, has a deep, velvety voice and is often described as "ruggedly handsome," but he's also hilarious and a genuinely good guy. Pretty much what you see on TV is what you get with Mike.

As 'Dirty Jobs' returns with new episodes (Tues., Oct. 19, 9PM ET on Discovery), Mike talks about working his way up -- to the sewer -- and reminisces about his glamorous Discovery Channel beginnings on a little travel show called 'Romantic Escapes.' He then explains why deep down, he doesn't like people (he kids, he kids!), and tells me why they'll never run out of 'Dirty Jobs.'

We also dish about most popular episodes, an upcoming manscaping segment with producer and regular target Dave Barsky going under the wax and what Mike will probably be doing in 20 years.

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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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VIDEO: Mike Rowe Gets Personal About His Love Life, Singing and 'Dirty Jobs'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 13th 2009 3:15PM
Mike Rowe, 'Dirty Jobs'It's not as easy to recognize Mike Rowe when he isn't covered in mud or knee-deep in a puddle of sludge, but the second he opens his mouth, that booming voice is unmistakable.

Beyond hosting 'Dirty Jobs' (Tuesdays, 9PM ET on Discovery) with a do-anything attitude and a say-anything wit, Rowe also lends his pipes to voiceovers for 'Deadliest Catch,' 'American Chopper,' Syfy's 'Ghost Hunters' and Ford trucks, among others.

Rowe stopped by AOL's L.A. studios to talk all about the new season of 'Dirty Jobs' -- including the dirtiest episode that will reveal why women all over the world are wearing dead cow on their faces. He also dished about the TV doc he gets mistaken for, then admitted he had a very unlikely start in Hollywood: "I wanted to get in the entertainment business ... so I got in through the opera." Don't believe it? You will when you hear him sing.

Now we can't deny that there's another kind of Mike Rowe fan out there -- the man behind the golden voice also addresses those many questions about whether or not he's single. Well, sort of. See it all right here in our exclusive video chat.

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VIDEO The Show Girl: '30 Rock,' Mike Rowe, 'Glee' & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 9th 2009 10:00AM
Mike Rowe, 'Dirty Jobs'You've got questions? I've got answers. I'm The Show Girl!

This week, Mr. 'Dirty Jobs' himself, Mike Rowe, stops by to get a taste for my job ... and apparently, it's pretty filthy. He also dishes about the new season, and gives Show Girl watchers a very special performance.

Plus I've got scoop on the season premiere of '30 Rock,' and the awesomeness coming up on a little show you might've heard of called 'Glee.'

Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com -- who knows, I might just give you an answer on the show. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong

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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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Real stories behind Deadliest Catch

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 11th 2008 8:24AM
Deadliest Catch On Tuesday , June 17th at 10 p.m. an all new season of After the Catch will premiere. This five-part series, airing each week after Deadliest Catch, will look deeper into the most dangerous jobs and people who do them. One of these behind-the-scenes looks will feature Captain Phil Harris and Gloucester's legendary fishermen. The captain will sit down with Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs for an interview. Rowe will also talk to the crew, author Spike Walker and Dutch Harbor bartender Lisa Roberts for the inside scoop on what life is really like in the port town.

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Six do-it-yourself TV hotties

by Kristin Sample, posted Nov 27th 2007 8:01AM
Constance Ramos from HGTVAOL TV releases their next ten Sexiest Women of TV this week. I figured I would add some more of my own television hotties to the list. For my list, I decided to pay homage to some of the beautiful hosts of Do-It-Yourself television (networks like Food Network, Fine Living, and The Discovery Channel).

You may think that this list is way too obscure. But these men and women and totally hot and they teach us how to do stuff like make roasted asparagus or build rocking chairs or pick a color scheme for our homes. I think they deserve some attention.

Feel free to add your own favorite Do-It-Yourself Hottie in the comments. (By the way, my picks are in no particular order. I just couldn't choose who I liked the best.)

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Mike Rowe tries to sell a bag - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 7th 2007 10:03AM

mike roweVia the AOL viral video site This Just In (AOL also owns TV Squad) comes a video featuring a very young-looking Mike Rowe (currently the host of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel) selling a cat toy on QVC. Rowe was a presenter on the channel in the early '90s.

Give Rowe credit, because he's trying his best to sell a product that is, for all intents and purposes, a glorified grocery bag, but how enthusiastic can the poor guy get about a bag that even QVC's resident cat doesn't seem to care about? I suppose he could have got inside the bag himself . . . oh wait, he did.

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