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Discovery Series 'American Guns' is cancelled

17 December 2012 10:26 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Discovery has ended "American Guns," according to a new report from The third season of Discovery.s docu-reality series 'American Guns' was shuttered by the network, post -Sandy Hook mass murder. On Friday, the bucolic community in Connecticut was where 20 children and six adults were slaughtered in an elementary school by a disturbed 20-year-old male. Deadline reports that Discovery made the decision prior to the horrific incident. .American Guns concluded earlier this year,. a spokesperson said. .Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show.. Discovery also recently ended the long running Mike Rowe series "Dirty Jobs" and "American Chopper." »

- April MacIntyre

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Top 10 television stories of 2012

13 December 2012 6:18 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

It’s a lot harder than it seems, whittling down the big stories that rocked the TV industry this year. Do we ignore how DirecTV tortured its subscribers by yanking the Viacom channels? Do we overlook how Disney Channel finally overcame the juggernaut that is Nickelodeon?

Yup, we do. There were just too many, far more significant milestones/flub-ups/hot messes that we wanted to acknowledge. So after much deliberation, here are the top 10 stories that had us buzzing and/or shaking or heads in disbelief.

10. Arrivederci, Jersey Shore and friends

Cable bid farewell to some pretty major powerhouses this year, »

- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd

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Discovery Channel’s ‘Dirty Jobs’ Cancelled

22 November 2012 4:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The generational changeover at Discovery Channel continues with the cancellation of another aging reality series. Dirty Jobs has ended its run after eight years, series star/creator Mike Rowe announced in a blog post yesterday. The show, executive produced by Craig Piligian, was among the shows that ushered in the successful genre of docu series featuring guys doing blue-collar jobs. Dirty Jobs featured Rowe perform difficult, strange and often disgusting duties. It joins fellow Discovery veteran American Chopper, which was recently cancelled after 10 seasons as long-running reality series see their ratings decline and costs going upward. Here is Rowe’s post, chronicling Dirty Jobs road from a segment on a local TV station to a successful series on national TV: It never fails. Whenever Dirty Jobs goes off the air for a few months, people start to wonder if the show has been canceled. Rumors begin to swirl, and questions »


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Dirty Jobs: Cancelled by Discovery; No Season Nine

21 November 2012 3:38 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Discovery has cancelled Dirty Jobs after eight seasons on the air. Mike Rowe announced the news today in a HuffPost article.

The show host notes that, without fail, anytime that Dirty Jobs was off the air for a couple months, he'd be asked if the show has been cancelled.

Rowe said, "Over the years it's been my pleasure to assure anxious fans that Dirty Jobs is coming back for another season. And indeed, we always have. Alas, this year, I'm afraid I cannot dispel the rumors. A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase. One I like to call, 'permanent hiatus.' Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled."

Rowe goes on to thank the folks at Discovery, his crew, and loyal viewers.

Dirty Jobs debuted in 2003 has »


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Discovery cancels 'Dirty Jobs' after 8 seasons

21 November 2012 1:19 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

That's it for "Dirty Jobs." While filthy, disturbing and dangerous career paths remain part of this world, there will no longer be a Discovery reality show devoted to highlighting them. After 8 seasons of feces, scary animals and reasons to be happy we don't smell television, 'Dirty Jobs' and its host, Mike Rowe, will no longer be on television.

Although there has been no comment from Discovery yet about this cancellation, declining ratings and an excess of reality programming probably have something to do with it. Most of the news of the show's end came from Rowe himself. And he chose to highlight the positives.

In a blog written for the Huffington Post on Wednesday (Nov. 21), Rowe broke the news and then proceeded to thank just about everyone in the universe for his 8 years on the air.

"I'm afraid I cannot dispel the rumors. A few weeks ago, I »


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Mike Rowe tells fans that 'Dirty Jobs' has been scrubbed

21 November 2012 12:43 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's going to be an unhappy Thanksgiving for fans of "Dirty Jobs." After eight years, star Mike Rowe took to the Interwebs to let the public know that he's navigated his last sewer for the show. "A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that 'Dirty Jobs' had entered into a new phase," he wrote in a post for the Huffington Post. "One I like to call, "permanent hiatus." Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled." Rowe went on to admit that he waited several weeks to pass along the news in order to take some time to absorb it. "'Dirty »

- Liane Bonin Starr

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Discovery Cancels Dirty Jobs

21 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Dirty Jobs has been canceled, host Mike Rowe announced today. After eight seasons and many, many trips inside sewers, Discovery has decided to hang up the trusty headlamp. "Dirty Jobs is a very personal show, and it's difficult for me to imagine a future that does not involve exploding toilets, venomous snakes, misadventures in animal husbandry, and feces from every species," Rowe writes in a post on HuffPo. Sigh. Now who's going to interview avian vomitologists? »

- Margaret Lyons

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TVLine Items: Himym Plans Super-Sized Holiday Ep, Dirty Jobs Goes Out of Business and More!

21 November 2012 11:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

How I Met Your Mother has a super-sized Christmas gift for fans.

Co-creator Craig Thomas has announced via Twitter that CBS will air an hour-long holiday installment on Dec. 17 — the series’ first ever Xl ep.

Related | How I Met Your Mother Stages a Buffy Reunion With Guest Star Seth Green

“Some really big crap happens!” he teased. Like mayhaps a Barney and Robin surprise engagement? One can dream!

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Discovery has scrapped two of its long-running series, Dirty Jobs and American Chopper. The latter will air its final installment Dec. 11. (Mike Rowe »

- Megan Masters

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'Dirty Jobs' cancelled by Discovery

21 November 2012 11:05 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

First American Chopper. Now Dirty Jobs. Another veteran Discovery Channel series is coming to an end.

“A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase,” Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe wrote in a blog post. “One I like to call, ‘permanent hiatus.’ Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled … Dirty Jobs is a very personal show, and it’s difficult for me to imagine a future that does not involve exploding toilets, venomous snakes, misadventures in animal husbandry, and feces from every species.”

Rowe, who’s been hosting the series since »

- James Hibberd

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Discovery Channel Cancels 'Dirty Jobs'

21 November 2012 9:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mike Rowe is out of a job. Discovery Channel has canceled the Rowe-hosted docuseries Dirty Jobs after eight seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The unscripted entry, which featured its charismatic host exploring hazardous, disgusting and obscure jobs, was produced by Pilgrim Films & Television's Craig Piligian and wrapped its run in September. The franchise was a core piece of Discovery's unscripted fare exploring unique workplaces that eventually led to series including Gold Rush and Deadliest Catch that have helped define the network. Photos: The 6 Biggest Surprises in THR's Reality TV Poll A recent episode of the Tuesday at

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Richard Hammond's Crash Course': 'You get to go to places you wouldn't go as a tourist'

5 November 2012 2:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

It's a hot August day in Torrance, Calif., south of Los Angeles, and Richard Hammond is having a very good time. He's busy shooting one of the episodes of Season 2 of his BBC America series "Richard Hammond's Crash Course," and he's getting to pitch in on the construction of one of his favorite things: a helicopter.

Airing on Mondays, the one-hour show has sent the "Top Gear" host across the United States, trying out new professions. In Season 1, he drove a variety of very large machines. But this time, he's vying for "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe's self-assigned title of "perpetual apprentice," but without the proviso that he always get dirty.

But that doesn't mean it's all a dance through the daisies. In the episodes that have aired since the show's Oct. 22 premiere, Hammond has been set on fire as a Hollywood stuntman, taken a turn behind the wheel »


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'Dirty Jobs' host talks at Mitt Romney event -- Video

26 September 2012 5:10 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s hit Dirty Jobs is taking the stage for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Go ahead Dems, make the joke, we’ll wait…

“We have unintentionally disconnected ourselves in a really fundamental way from the most important part of our workforce,” Rowe said at one of Romney’s campaign stops in Ohio on Wednesday. “The people who keep the lights out, the people who allow the toilets to work … those are the heroes of Dirty Jobs… The reason it’s still on the air today is back in 2008, as many of you know all too well, »

- James Hibberd

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'Dirty Jobs' star Mike Rowe talks work with Mitt Romney in Ohio

25 September 2012 11:47 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Mike meets Mitt on Wednesday (Sept. 26) in the Buckeye State to talk about how to get America back to work.

Mike Rowe is host of Discovery's "Dirty Jobs" and the new "How Booze Built America," airing Wednesdays, but he has a spin-off career as creator of, a Website and a movement dedicated to functioning as a PR campaign for traditional, hands-on jobs.

"I really believe," Rowe tells Zap2it, "part of the reason that three million shovel-ready jobs entirely imploded is the fact that [President Barack Obama] was trying to sell that notion to a country that doesn't want to pick up a shovel."

Back in early September, Rowe, as he did for the newly elected Obama in 2009, wrote an open letter to Gop presidential candidate Mitt Romney about the state of work in America, stating, "If you read the whole thing, I'll vote for you in November."

While Rowe says »


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Regis And Rachael Ray Get Cozy In Her Photo Booth

24 September 2012 5:36 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Former "Live!" host Regis Philbin made his debut on "The Rachael Ray Show" (Weekdays on ABC, check local listings) on September 24, and the pair wasted no time getting friendly.

Philbin will be a "recurring special guest" on Ray's show at least once a month, in a new segment called "Rachael and Regis."

As well as learning how to make artichoke bites while "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe played bartender, Philbin and Ray talked about a new holiday, dubbed "Regismas," that they'd use to describe his monthly visits to the show. Then the pair hopped in the photo booth, where the 81-year-old host got a little distracted ...

“He’s more like a funny uncle who is on the set with Rachael chatting and making funny comments rather than a traditional type of co-host,” a source at the taping told HuffPost's Naughty But Nice Rob a few days ago.

"Regis has been »

- Laura Prudom

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Regis Philbin debuts 'Rachael Ray Show' gig - what did you think?

24 September 2012 10:24 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Regis Philbin joined Rachael Ray in her new studio Monday (Sept. 24) when he kicked off his new regular daytime gig on "The Rachael Ray Show" -- to a huge standing ovation from the studio audience.

Regis cracks, "I do enjoy coming here and being with you, and I guess once a month I'm going to stop by, like Santa Claus."

"It's like we get a holiday, Regis-mas, every month," adds Rachael.

On the show, the two of them showed off using a mini muffin tin to make spinach artichoke bites (mmm) and "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe came by to play bartender and make cosmopolitans for Regis and Rachael (pictured below).

Regis also revealed what the latest piece of music he put on his iPod is -- Perry Como. Of course it is, Reege.

What did you think of Regis on "Rachael Ray"?



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'How Booze Built America': Mike Rowe goes from 'Dirty Jobs' to Drunken History

19 September 2012 3:37 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

There's a lot of argument these days over who did or didn't build this or that, but "Dirty Jobs" star Mike Rowe is sure of one thing -- regardless of who built America, there's a lot of alcohol mixed into the mortar of its foundation.

Tonight (Sept. 19) Discovery Channel premieres the first of three episodes (the next two air on consecutive Wednesdays) of "How Booze Built America," in which Rowe traces how beer, wine and spirits figured into the creation of the United States.

"The first episode is the American Revolution," Rowe tells Zap2it. "It's 1620 to 1812, and it's a measured look, from the molasses tax to the sugar tax ..."

Speaking of molasses and sugar, there was the infamous "triangle trade," one aspect of which saw sugar (often in the form of molasses) shipped from the Caribbean to New England to be distilled into rum. The rum was sent to »


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“How Booze Built America” arrives on Discovery

19 September 2012 1:31 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Booze. Beer. No matter on what side of the fence you sit — whether you support the Temperance League or are a hopelessly indulgent, unapologetic boozer — alcohol has always been a subject that inspires passion. But did you know that it also helped to shape America? Dirty JobsMike Rowe does, and he’s taking viewers on a cross-country trip to illustrate how it all went down in Discovery Channel’s three-part series, How Booze Built America, premiering tonight at 10pm Et/Pt. How Booze Built America has Rowe taking us back to the very roots of this country, to the days [...] »

- Karl Paloucek

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Exclusive Video: Mike Rowe Explores 'How Booze Built America'

18 September 2012 7:13 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

In "How Booze Built America," Mike Rowe explores ... well, how booze built America. The new Discovery Channel series sees the "Dirty Jobs" star discuss alcohol's influence on American life as he travels across the country.

In the exclusive clip above, Rowe tackles the Puritans' love of beer. Back in the 1600s, it was safer to drink beer than water, Rowe explains.

"On the Mayflower, they packed enough beer for every man, woman and child to drink a gallon a day," Rowe says. "And they still ran out."

Rowe's "How Booze Built America" premieres Wed., Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. Et on Discovery. »

- Chris Harnick

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Mike Rowe Reaches Inside A Croc's Mouth On 'Dirty Jobs Down Under

6 September 2012 1:13 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Mike Rowe has climbed into and reached into many a strange hole during his time as host of "Dirty Jobs," but he found a new one on "Dirty Jobs Down Under." This one wasn't so much dirty or disgusting as it was incredibly dangerous.

Working with scientists, Rowe was helping capture crocodiles. The scientists were studying their eating habits, and so needed to put a digital transmitter into the crocodile's stomach. This wasn't done by injection, either. It had to be done by hand.

"There’s the matter of the teeth," Rowe said hesitantly scientists guided him down the gullet of the crocodile.

When it was over, Rowe was able to breathe a sigh of relief, and know that he helped with their research. "I’ve been in many holes," he said. "That’s a new one."

Follow along as Mike Rowe finds more "Dirty Jobs Down Under" every Wednesday at 10 p. »

- Jason Hughes

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'Dirty Jobs Down Under': Rookie Move Against Deadly Snake

30 August 2012 3:33 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Mike Rowe's manhood has never really been in question. He's proven himself up to any task on "Dirty Jobs," and his gung-ho attitude continues on "Dirty Jobs Down Under." But this week, the fact that he's not an expert at any of these positions he tackles could turn around and bit him. Literally.

This week, Rowe was helping capture snakes in Australia, including a close encounter with the second-most venomous snake in the country. If it were to bite him, he could be dead within fifteen minutes. And, as Rowe pointed out, the snake could easily bite through the pillowcase they were using to capture it.

He made a costly mistake at one point, losing track of the snake's tail. "Rookie move," Rowe admitted. Luckily, he managed to keep his grip on the snake's head and no one got hurt.

Keep up with Mike Rowe's adventures in Australia with "Dirty Jobs Down Under, »

- Jason Hughes

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