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.
"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."
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.)
Via 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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