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(Deadline)   Discovery Channel cancels Dirty Jobs. Well, somebody had to do it   (deadline.com) divider line 122
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2012-11-23 12:15:53 AM  
NIce headline, subby. +1!
 
2012-11-23 12:46:22 AM  
gotta make room for Yukon Amish Mountain Prepper Men.
 
2012-11-23 02:21:09 AM  
So, it wasn't done dirty cheap?
 
2012-11-23 02:41:09 AM  
SPIFFY tag? WTF?'
 
2012-11-23 02:41:49 AM  

simplicimus: So, it wasn't done dirty cheap?


Heh.
 
2012-11-23 03:38:17 AM  
From pig farmers to bridge painters, roughnecks to gandy dancers

Had to look that one up.

Glad to hear Mike has something else coming. Seems like a stand-up guy. Plus: a lovely singing voice.
 
2012-11-23 03:39:45 AM  
Is there anything even good left on that channel besides Mythbusters? The decline of good programming on that channel and history channel was the final push to make me cut the cable cord over the summer. Now I just download the entire 3 shows combined between the two channels I even watched.
 
2012-11-23 03:41:45 AM  

styckx: Is there anything even good left on that channel besides Mythbusters? The decline of good programming on that channel and history channel was the final push to make me cut the cable cord over the summer. Now I just download the entire 3 shows combined between the two channels I even watched.


The curiosity series has been ok. It's no NOVA, but it's passable.
 
2012-11-23 03:42:46 AM  

log_jammin: gotta make room for Yukon Amish Mountain Prepper Men

and Tiaras
 
2012-11-23 03:51:58 AM  
mythbusters' inevitable cancellation can't be too far behind. that show has gotten increasingly stupid in recent years, i can barely watch it anymore. i think dirty jobs' cancellation might also have something to do with them running out of potential jobs, and mike rowe and his crew maybe wanting to move on to something else. they had a good run.
 
2012-11-23 04:06:33 AM  

enderthexenocide: mythbusters' inevitable cancellation can't be too far behind. that show has gotten increasingly stupid in recent years, i can barely watch it anymore. i think dirty jobs' cancellation might also have something to do with them running out of potential jobs, and mike rowe and his crew maybe wanting to move on to something else. they had a good run.


I think the same problem has plagued Mythbusters: they've simply run out of myths to bust. At some point they need to go away or change the title of the show to "Blowing Sh*t Up".
 
2012-11-23 04:16:31 AM  

styckx: cut the cable cord over the summer. Now I just download the entire 3 shows combined between the two channels I even watched.


I'm in the same boat. I pretty much only watch almost 20 year old shows, or British shows on netflix.
 
2012-11-23 04:26:07 AM  
They must care a lot.
 
2012-11-23 04:29:23 AM  
This will be replaced by the next hillbilly show, American Wife Beaters.
 
2012-11-23 04:46:25 AM  

styckx: Is there anything even good left on that channel besides Mythbusters? The decline of good programming on that channel and history channel was the final push to make me cut the cable cord over the summer. Now I just download the entire 3 shows combined between the two channels I even watched.


If you're into Pawn Stars, there's that. I actually like Pawn Stars - but I quite enjoy the thrifting business as I used to work at a Goodwill and have some appreciation for the skill involved in what they do. That being said, the half a dozen other thrifting shows they have and the other thrifting shows on cable have sort-of ruined a lot of that fun for me. Modern Marvels is always... something. Informative I guess?

I've never watched Swamp People, Ax Men or IRT. I assume they are all awful.
 
2012-11-23 04:46:28 AM  

fusillade762: I think the same problem has plagued Mythbusters: they've simply run out of myths to bust. At some point they need to go away or change the title of the show to "Blowing Sh*t Up".


It is more hit or miss than it used to be, overall though I still think it is one of the best shows on TV. Maybe that is a bit like being a giant among dwarfs, but I still enjoy most of the shows. Just looking over this season...

Duct Tape Island was a little lame, Fire vs. Ice was actually pretty cool, I liked the square wheels/date night episode, Pirates and Battle of the sexes (especially the latter) wasn't that entertaining, it was funny watching the Walrus wear heels but other than that the episode was a little boring, I really liked the duel and bridge jump episodes...

The rest were a similar mixed bag but with more pluses than minuses IMO. The Myths they are testing are a little more obscure, and some of it is less a myth and more a "Would this actually work?", but I still look forward to it every week.
 
2012-11-23 04:48:19 AM  

enderthexenocide: that show has gotten increasingly stupid in recent years, i


That shows has not been good for about 4 years. They are all pretty much phoning it in at this point.
 
2012-11-23 04:49:58 AM  
As a matter of fact discovery itself has become pretty bad in recent years. Where during the mid 2000s it was probably my favorite TV network.
 
ecl
2012-11-23 04:52:35 AM  

lacydog: styckx: Is there anything even good left on that channel besides Mythbusters? The decline of good programming on that channel and history channel was the final push to make me cut the cable cord over the summer. Now I just download the entire 3 shows combined between the two channels I even watched.

If you're into Pawn Stars, there's that. I actually like Pawn Stars - but I quite enjoy the thrifting business as I used to work at a Goodwill and have some appreciation for the skill involved in what they do. That being said, the half a dozen other thrifting shows they have and the other thrifting shows on cable have sort-of ruined a lot of that fun for me. Modern Marvels is always... something. Informative I guess?

I've never watched Swamp People, Ax Men or IRT. I assume they are all awful.


Pretty much all the reality shows are garbage and should be eschewed. Storage Wars does have DST though.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-23 05:09:15 AM  
Not getting the Spiffy tag. If anything Dirty Jobs was one of the few shows that kept with the Discovery Channel theme anymore. Sure it wasn't nature documentaries or "science of X", but it explored interesting and unique jobs and saught to educate viewers about them. Unlike say Deadliest Catch, a show about ONE job that focuses on a drama between the people like every damn reality show.

Though Discovery has been going the way TLC has for years now. With the History Channel two steps ahead.

Though I did see a promo for a new History Channel show that will deal with... You know, human history the other day. Who'd a thunk it?
 
2012-11-23 05:34:03 AM  
I actually liked Dirty Jobs for awhile. It was kinda cool to see jobs people do that you don't really think about. The problem was the last few seasons, it became repetitive.

Mike Rowe seems like a cool guy....he'll land on his feet.
 
2012-11-23 05:42:18 AM  

The_Sponge: SPIFFY tag? WTF?'


subby not a fan of the show I guess
 
2012-11-23 06:04:50 AM  
1) It was time. Actually a year or two late.
2) Mike is a class guy. Very nice thanks and tribute to everyone.
3) We'll be hearing his voice for years, but maybe not seeing him as much. Very talented v/o artist.
 
2012-11-23 06:05:26 AM  

styckx: Is there anything even good left on that channel besides Mythbusters? The decline of good programming on that channel and history channel was the final push to make me cut the cable cord over the summer. Now I just download the entire 3 shows combined between the two channels I even watched.


FTFY
 
2012-11-23 06:05:37 AM  
Snapper Carr

They must care a lot.

that got a genuine, honest laugh outta me that had my hubby come down the hall and ask if i was okay... thanks :D
 
2012-11-23 06:25:46 AM  
Well, somebody had to do it

LOL.. love the FNM reference!

/but someone had to sing it...
 
2012-11-23 06:26:51 AM  

log_jammin: gotta make room for Yukon Amish Mountain Prepper Men.


Close:

Link
 
2012-11-23 06:31:07 AM  
Man, that sucks. The show can't be very expensive to make, outside of replacing the occasional camera that fell in a sewer or something. Did the ratings fall that much, or did they just run out of ideas?
 
2012-11-23 06:32:31 AM  

Tumunga: log_jammin: gotta make room for Yukon Amish Mountain Prepper Men.

Close:

Link


Please tell me that Huffpo confused an Onion article for reality or something.
 
2012-11-23 06:42:34 AM  

Tumunga: log_jammin: gotta make room for Yukon Amish Mountain Prepper Men.

Close:

Link


Oh, I added "Amish" on purpose.
 
2012-11-23 06:45:57 AM  

styckx: Is there anything even good left on that channel besides Mythbusters? The decline of good programming on that channel and history channel was the final push to make me cut the cable cord over the summer. Now I just download the entire 3 shows combined between the two channels I even watched.


Is this a post from 6 years ago? That's about the last time Mythbusters was what I'd call "good". Now it's about an explosion, "testing" completely fictional "myths" from movies, pre-determining if they want to "prove" of "bust a specific myth, and seeing how many times in one episode they can claim that they're using "science" as they proceed to flush the scientific method down the same toilet that they determined was the cleanest surface in your hose(One of the few really well done myths in a long time). I refuse to watch reality TV, but the few times I watched Dirty Jobs, I really liked it. I'm sure they've got another redneck based show in the works where they're doing some job that nobody gives a fark about.

Sigh... I can remember the days when my only complaint is that they had more commercials than showtimes and that they would go to those commercial breaks with a two minute "when we come back" teaser, and then come back with a 2 minute "just before we left" recap. I sat down and did the math one time, and figured out that you're getting something like 20 minutes worth of show in an hour. The rest was either commercials or them telling you what you just finished watching. I miss those days...
 
2012-11-23 06:51:31 AM  

slayer199: Mike Rowe seems like a cool guy....he'll land on his feet.


The friends of mine who have dealt with him say he's a complete dick. Like, they hate him with a passion.
 
2012-11-23 06:54:46 AM  

lacydog: If you're into Pawn Stars, there's that. I actually like Pawn Stars


I do, too. Of course the hipster thing to do is talk trash about it, but really the only thing I can't stand is all the "drama" they like to inject--'How will Chumlee fark up today?', 'What will Rick say to The Old Man to make him yell at a cloud, etc... I really am impressed by all the shiat they actually know, and the stuff brought into that store is amazing.

I still only watch the show if there's nothing else on, I'm trying to kill a half an hour or so, or if I'm browsing the channels and just happen to find it.

lacydog: I've never watched Swamp People, Ax Men or IRT. I assume they are all awful.


A year or two before the stupid show ran, Discovery did a 2 hour show on the ice road truckers(It's obviously got the show greened). It was great, totally impressive what those guys do. When the show came out, on the other hand, I knew it was going to be garbage, Specifically because I knew that they wouldn't just be satisfied with making the weather the bad guy, they would have to insert some drama somewhere into their "unscripted reality show". Yeah, "unscripted", my ass.

I DO actually like American Restoration, but once again; drama. Still, the guy and his crew are truly artists...
 
2012-11-23 07:00:38 AM  

Beta Tested: The Myths they are testing are a little more obscure, and some of it is less a myth and more a "Would this actually work?", but I still look forward to it every week.


"Obscure" is pretty much the point, and is what used to make the show cool. Now they test bizarre shiat like if men can grill better than women and who is better at reading a map. The 'guys do it better than women' crap isn't an urban legend type of myth, it's just sexism. Besides, they need a group bigger than the cast to do a real study on shiat like this. It's kind of like when they "tested" beer goggles and decided that after drinking, they'd sleep with more women than sober. That shiat is so subjective, and is based more on the last time you got laid, when the next time might happen, and whether or not you're one of the last 2 people in the bar.
 
2012-11-23 07:27:28 AM  

Mikey1969: "Obscure" is pretty much the point, and is what used to make the show cool. Now they test bizarre shiat like if men can grill better than women and who is better at reading a map. The 'guys do it better than women' crap isn't an urban legend type of myth, it's just sexism. Besides, they need a group bigger than the cast to do a real study on shiat like this. It's kind of like when they "tested" beer goggles and decided that after drinking, they'd sleep with more women than sober. That shiat is so subjective, and is based more on the last time you got laid, when the next time might happen, and whether or not you're one of the last 2 people in the bar.


Oh, the 'Battle of the Sexes' was absolutely terrible, I agree (I think I mentioned that one specifically in my post). Like I said it can be pretty hit or miss now, part of me wonders if they spread out the really good myths because there aren't as many anymore. Some of the movie ones are cool though and a bit surprising, like the Lethal Weapon 2 bathtub bomb shelter thing. We could both probably pick out a roughly equal list of utterly useless and subjective tests, and very useful and well done tests, with most not really falling clearly into either category.

I liked the "Duel" episode, the Kendo part was dumb but the Knife vs. Gun was not at all. Although people involved in self defense have known for a while that at close range a knife is often a better weapon than a gun it was nice to see the Mythbusters show that and let a main stream audience in on it.

Looking through the wiki they still test useful stuff, like tire pressure fuel efficiency, how best to stifle a sneeze, fixing a flat, motorcycles and the environment, toughness of bedliner, Monty Hall Paradox (a lesson in probability and statistics), driving and footwear (not entertaining but applicable to daily life), etc. That was just me looking at the last couple seasons.

As for what is and what isn't science, I tend to agree with xkcd on this one. Yea they fail at basic rigor, but the whole point is they gather information through testing and experimentation, and that they ESPECIALLY aren't afraid to revisit and retest with new information. In a world where so many people believe in nonsense like homeopathy, astrology, healing bracelets, and so on it is refreshing to see a popular show show the scientific process of hypothesis/experimentation being the path to knowledge.
 
2012-11-23 07:51:54 AM  

enderthexenocide: mythbusters' inevitable cancellation can't be too far behind. that show has gotten increasingly stupid in recent years, i can barely watch it anymore. i think dirty jobs' cancellation might also have something to do with them running out of potential jobs, and mike rowe and his crew maybe wanting to move on to something else. they had a good run.


That's what I was thinking. These types of shows run out of the sort of content that inspired them in the first place. There are only so many dirty jobs like septic cleaners, and, well, once you've covered them all, the show is over.
I agree about Mythbusters, too. I was a huge fan when it came out, but now I just check to see what they're doing and most of the time it doesn't pass my "always wondered about that" test like they used to.
So, I watch something else.

/Had my fill of Hollywood movie myths
 
2012-11-23 08:24:18 AM  
Just keep making more How It's Made... I can watch that show for hours and hours. No people (besides their hands usually), no drama, just industrial processes for making the the stuff we use.
 
2012-11-23 08:25:45 AM  
And with that, the Romans, er, Americans, put all thought of what made their civilization function out of their heads.

Generational changes? Perhaps this new generation needs to have its ass kicked.
 
2012-11-23 08:38:22 AM  
I heard it was getting replaced by Real Housewives of Hoboken.
 
2012-11-23 08:53:27 AM  

Lionel Mandrake


log_jammin: gotta make room for Yukon Amish Mountain Prepper Men and Tiaras... Wars
 
2012-11-23 08:55:39 AM  
Just going to leave this here...

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-23 08:56:13 AM  

Snapper Carr: They must care a lot.


This is the one I was looking for
 
2012-11-23 08:56:21 AM  
blog.cleveland.com

Approves.
 
2012-11-23 09:07:18 AM  
Here is every single "Pawn Stars" episode:

Customer: I have this thing here.
PS: That's really cool. How much you want?
Customer: $ (xx)
PS: Ooh, that ain't gonna happen. Economy is bad, it has to sit in my shop and take up space, hard to find a buyer. I will give you much, much less than that.
Customer: Gee, was really hoping for more. But ok.
PS: Ring 'em up, Chumlee.

Rinse, repeat, insert joke about Chumlee.
 
2012-11-23 09:10:48 AM  
Christ... they cancelled Dirty Jobs but not Mythbusters? That show has seen better days; it needs to be put out of its misery.
 
2012-11-23 09:13:50 AM  

ecl: lacydog: styckx: Is there anything even good left on that channel besides Mythbusters? The decline of good programming on that channel and history channel was the final push to make me cut the cable cord over the summer. Now I just download the entire 3 shows combined between the two channels I even watched.

If you're into Pawn Stars, there's that. I actually like Pawn Stars - but I quite enjoy the thrifting business as I used to work at a Goodwill and have some appreciation for the skill involved in what they do. That being said, the half a dozen other thrifting shows they have and the other thrifting shows on cable have sort-of ruined a lot of that fun for me. Modern Marvels is always... something. Informative I guess?

I've never watched Swamp People, Ax Men or IRT. I assume they are all awful.

Pretty much all the reality shows are garbage and should be eschewed. Storage Wars does have DST though.


What is this DST, and where can I see more of them.

/Surprised Dirty Jobs was still on the air.


[i.imgur.com image 696x408]

 
2012-11-23 09:35:44 AM  

WhippingBoy: Christ... they cancelled Dirty Jobs but not Mythbusters? That show has seen better days; it needs to be put out of its misery.


Not until they bust the myth that Kari won't take it in her ass. I keep writing in for that and they never do that one.
 
2012-11-23 09:39:14 AM  
Am I the only one who liked the Thanksgiving episode Mythbusters did with Alton Brown? Nice to see three geek icons work together like that.
 
2012-11-23 09:44:26 AM  
I'm sad to see this happen, not just because Mike Rowe is wonderful to listen to, but Dirty Jobs was one of the only 'reality' shows out there that didn't feel the need to make fake drama.

Dirty Jobs Down Under was cool...but Discovery aired it only once whereas in the past they'd wear out the tape on it. Methinks this either has been planned quite a while by Discovery or there's a lot not being said.

Either way, it's getting close to being delisted in the Muse house-just like TLC was, and almost all the other Discovery channels. I just hope they keep their mitts off of The Science Channel...
 
2012-11-23 09:47:10 AM  

technomuse: I'm sad to see this happen, not just because Mike Rowe is wonderful to listen to, but Dirty Jobs was one of the only 'reality' shows out there that didn't feel the need to make fake drama.

Dirty Jobs Down Under was cool...but Discovery aired it only once whereas in the past they'd wear out the tape on it. Methinks this either has been planned quite a while by Discovery or there's a lot not being said.

Either way, it's getting close to being delisted in the Muse house-just like TLC was, and almost all the other Discovery channels. I just hope they keep their mitts off of The Science Channel...


One of the *few*, not one of the only. Gah.
 
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