19 items from 2012
Discovery has ended "American Guns," according to a new report from Deadline.com. 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
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
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 »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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 »
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 »
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
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
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.
“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…
- Megan Masters
“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
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
- Lesley Goldberg
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 »
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
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 mikeroweWORKS.com, 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 »
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).
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 »
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 Jobs’ Mike 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
When it comes to a fight between Mike Rowe and Mike Rowe -- Mike Rowe Always wins.TMZ broke the story ... a non-famous man named Mike Rowe (right) -- formerly incarcerated in a South Dakota prison -- filed a lawsuit against The Mike Rowe from "Dirty Jobs" ... claiming Rowe's use of the name on TV made him the laughing stock of the prison system.In the lawsuit, Rowe (ex-prisoner) bellyached that his life behind bars »
- TMZ Staff
Robert Forster and Mike Rowe have signed up for guest roles in Last Man Standing. The duo will play members of Mike Baxter's family in an episode of the ABC comedy later this month, Entertainment Weekly reports. Forster will star as the father of Mike (Tim Allen), while Rowe will star as Mike's brother. Forster previously starred in Heroes and recently had a guest role in Alcatraz, while Rowe is probably best known for hosting Deadliest (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
One of the co-stars from the Oscar-nominated film The Descendants and a tough guy from Discovery’s Deadliest Catch will show up on Last Man Standing this season to play members of Mike Baxter’s (Tim Allen) extended family.
EW has learned exclusively that Robert Forster, who played George Clooney’s father-in-law in the Alexander Payne film, will transition to the small screen to play Grandpa Baxter on the ABC comedy. He’ll show up on Feb. 21.
- Lynette Rice
19 items from 2012
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