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Discovery developing new projects with 'Dirty Jobs' star Mike Rowe

By Christopher Rocchio, 07/31/2009 

Discovery Channel has announced that it is in the process of developing several new projects with Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe.

Included in the projects is a new reality series that will follow Rowe as he travels the globe and offers profiles on courageous men and women whose work has impacted their local communities and the rest of the world.  The series is currently slated to air sometime next year.

Discovery Channel is also "actively developing" other yet-to-be-revealed projects with Rowe, in which he will host and serve as an executive producer, according to the network.

In addition, Discovery Channel also announced that 11 new Dirty Jobs fifth-season episodes will premiere this October. 

Some of the unpopular and unpleasant professions Rowe will undertake in the new episodes include hydrodam mechanics, cedar log peeling, mattress recycling and fireworks manufacturing, among others.

Dirty Jobs fifth season premiered in January and included the reality series' 200th job special, which was broadcast in February and included Rowe reflecting back on some of his experiences during past jobs, examining Dirty Jobs' evolution, talking about the toughest co-workers he's dealt with, and revisiting the show's most memorable and unexpected moments. 

In addition, the series was recently nominated for its second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program.

Discovery Channel will air a Dirty Jobs Labor Day marathon on Monday, September 7 beginning at 9AM ET/PT.

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