He's dissected owl vomit, shoveled road kill from the streets and inspected his fair share of sewage plants. But now, Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe gets to clean himself off and pull up barstool for Discovery's new three-part series How Booze Built America (premiering on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10/9c).
When a young programming executive at the History channel first pitched the idea of following a group of Louisiana Cajuns who hunt alligators, "the poor guy got laughed out of the room," says the network's president, Nancy Dubuc. But instead of dropping the idea, he kept bringing it up — and kept getting laughed at.
"But by the fourth meeting, you had to pause," Dubuc says. "If somebody is as passionate as he was about something, what's the harm in letting them run with it?" That germ of an idea turned into Swamp People, an unlikely hit that ...
Now playing on the Mitovich Mega Minute: Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe pays TVGuide.com a visit to talk up the show's special New York City episode as well as 1) divulge the worst smell he has ever encountered, 2) detail his clean-up (...or not) regimen, and 3) confirm his dirtiest job ever. Enjoy! (And don't eat while watching....)
Think your 9-to-5 bites? Tell it to Mike Rowe. As the host of Discovery Channel's strangely captivating Dirty Jobs (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET), Rowe has sampled for our viewing discomfort more bad gigs than you can shake a septic-tank hose at and has come up smelling like… something very wrong. Tonight the happiest disgruntled employee ever heads to a tannery for even more odorific employment.
TV Guide: So, a simple Google search shows that you've become the sex symbol of the Discovery Channel. Mike Rowe: Weird. [Laughs] You know what's really funny? The show had such low expectations initially.... Then the numbers started coming back for females and just caught everybody by surprise. But really, I don't think people are tuning in to see my gross, broken-down, 45-year-old frame trying to flood throu