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NBC's new 'America's Toughest Jobs' series to debut September 12

By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 05/23/2008 

NBC has announced America's Toughest Jobs, a new reality competition series that will follow contestants who are thrust into employment at some of the country's most demanding workplaces, will premiere on Friday, September 12 at 8PM ET/PT.

Following its special two-hour debut, America's Toughest Jobs -- which NBC had previously announced wouldn't air until Summer 2009 -- will air one-hour episodes on Fridays at 8PM ET/PT beginning September 19.  The series will then air in the Fridays at 9PM ET/PT time slot beginning October 24.

Created by Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers creator Thom Beers, America's Toughest Jobs will follow 12 people as they are plucked from their comfortable careers to instead work at "some of the most challenging, dangerous and demanding jobs on earth," according to NBC.  Some of the careers the contestants will undertake will include logging in Oregon, oil drilling in Texas and driving icy roads to extreme fishing.

The participants will be required to live up to the same standards as professionals, and at the end of each job, their boss and co-workers will determine if it was a success or failure -- with those who are unable to get the job done being eliminated from the competition.

In addition, the annual salary of each job the contestants complete will be combined until the finale, which will see one of the contestants walk away with the grand prize.

America's Toughest Jobs will be hosted by actor Josh Temple.  In addition to Beers' Original Productions, the series is also being executive produced by former Fox Entertainment president Gail Berman and ex-ABC TV Entertainment Group chairman Lloyd Braun's BermanBraun Productions.

America's Toughest Jobs is the first series resulting from a December deal in which Berman, Braun and Beers signed a deal to develop an entire block of programming similar to Beers' existing series for NBC.

Per the deal, NBC reportedly agreed to broadcast at least two of the new series as a two-hour block of back-to-back programming.  The agreement also guaranteed Beers production orders for at least 30 hours worth of programming consisting of three separate 10-episode series.

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