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Critic's Notebook: Olympics Are Over, Back to TV

Anyone else going through Olympics withdrawal? Mine started around the time the Olympic flame was extinguished during Sunday night’s broadcast of the closing ceremonies. I felt a sense of deflation as I watched replays of many of the games’ most thrilling moments. Also a sense of loss, even as I was being dazzled one more time by the pyrotechnics (presumably real) of the final spectacular, with a return of the drummers and gravity-defying performers amid a reprise, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale, of the human light show from the opening ceremonies, with shimmering movement and color holding us spellbound. (At least until the British showed up, with their tacky-by-comparison half-time-lite show. It’s going to be hard for anyone to measure up to China’s showmanship.)How am I going to fill my days and especially my nights now that I no longer have Bob Costas as my professional escort? What a great job he did as host and interviewer, always keeping his cool, even...  Read Full Article

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 10/10/2008

Season 1, Episode 8
6 contestants head deep into the Washington mountains to chop, choke, and dismember logs. The cast will work long days cutting trees, attaching cables, and operating heavy equipment. After identifying the two worst workers the boss puts them to back work while the rest enjoy some rest and a hot meal. One will be sent home.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 10/3/2008

Season 1, Episode 7
7 contestants must overcome the fear of heights as they learn the unique skills required for this outrageously dangerous high wire act. They must overcome their fear of heights and perform cleaning and painting duties on a 35-story high bridge. The two most underperforming (and petrified) workers must go back up...but this time at night! The weakest link will go home.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 9/26/2008

Season 1, Episode 6
8 contestants take on 2000 lbs of rage – a bull! The cast will work with the world’s finest bull fighters, who will watch their every move to make sure they are ready to enter the ring and then judge them on their performance. Then they will have to gather all their courage and go face to face with one of the world’s most dangerous animals. The bottom two must go back inside the ring to play a game of “bull hockey.” The loser will be eliminated.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 9/19/2008

Season 1, Episode 5
9 contestants learn the dangerous and back breaking job of working at a West Texas oil rig. They will have to carry heavy supplies, climb a rig, scrub it clean, and haul 30 ft. pipes under the hot Texas sun all in hopes of hitting oil. Then four underperformers are assigned additional work and the boss sends the worst worker home.

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Critic's Notebook: Olympics Are Over, Back to TV

Anyone else going through Olympics withdrawal? Mine started around the time the Olympic flame was extinguished during Sunday night’s broadcast of the closing ceremonies. I felt a sense of deflation as I watched replays of many of the games’ most thrilling moments. Also a sense of loss, even as I was being dazzled one more time by the pyrotechnics (presumably real) of the final spectacular, with a return of the drummers and gravity-defying performers amid a reprise, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale, of the human light show from the opening ceremonies, with shimmering movement and color holding us spellbound. (At least until the British showed up, with their tacky-by-comparison half-time-lite show. It’s going to be hard for anyone to measure up to China’s showmanship.)How am I going to fill my days and especially my nights now that I no longer have Bob Costas as my professional escort? What a great job he did as host and interviewer, always keeping his cool, even... read more

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Premiered: August 25, 2008, on NBC
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Premise: Average joes perform dangerous and physically demanding jobs in this competition series, and the winner is awarded the annual salary of each job completed.

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