I was a big fan of Mike Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs” TV show, and I think his activism on behalf of blue-collar jobs is both logical and inspiring. It’s good to hear he’s coming back to television with a show on CNN, which could use a good stiff dose of what Rowe has to offer:
Mike Rowe’s new series Somebody’s Gotta Do It brings viewers face to face with men and women who march to the beat of a different drum. In each episode, Rowe visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics – people who simply have to do it. This show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand.
Sounds like it will have a bit of the “Dirty Jobs” vibe, but with fewer scenes of Mike going face-down in the pig slop. Hopefully he gets some sewage dumped on him at least once, for old times’ sake.
The messy business of “Dirty Jobs” was always entertaining, but somewhat incidental to the appeal and purpose of the show, which was all about taking a look at the people who keep things running. They’re all too often treated as invisible Morlocks by the Eloi of pop culture and academia; if you end up doing the kind of work Rowe memorialized, you’re a loser cast into the shadows of shiny high-tech America. But on the contrary, there’s necessary work out there needing to be done, a good living can be earned doing it, and people of great heart and humor are taking care of business. It was interesting how many of the people Mike worked for on “Dirty Jobs” were true innovators, while others were the stewards of proud family operations stretching back for generations.
I spent many years doing computer work for contractors, and even in times of high unemployment, I heard them complain about the lack of applicants for good jobs with tools and training provided. Opportunity always awaits the clever and diligent.