Dirty Jobs week-long marathon starts on Labor Day

The Discovery Channel will air a week-long marathon of Dirty Jobs starting Labor Day, and continuing next week. Ultimately, “nearly every episode from the first three seasons” will air, according to the network. The marathon starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 3 and continues until midnight, and then continues Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

In a pair of major newspaper profiles, host Mike Rowe describes the show’s mission. “TV does a bad job of portraying common people. By and large they are either turned into heroes, with a lot of dramatic cello music behind everyday activities, or they are reduced to these punch lines. My idea was if I really tried to do the work — really, really tried — and not be afraid to fail or look bad next to the person whose actually made a career of this, then in the end when the dust settles we’ll have this situation where the viewer can determine how difficult the job is on their own and determine how gifted the actual worker is,” he told the New York Times.

The show’s executive producer, Eddie Barbini, told the Times, “There are no spokespersons for the working man out there. But Mike is that guy.” Mike himself explains the show slightly differently to USA TODAY: “It’s Jackass with a conscience, Fear Factor with a soul, a touch of redemption in a swirling undercurrent of poo.”

Gross-Out Fanfares for the Common Man [New York Times]
‘Dirty Jobs’ labors to make clean point [USA TODAY]

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