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NBC reveals 'America's Toughest Jobs' cast, moves debut to August 25


By Christopher Rocchio, 07/22/2008 

NBC has revealed the identities of the 13 contestants competing on America's Toughest Jobs, a new reality series that will see them thrust into employment at some of the country's most demanding workplaces.

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In addition, NBC also announced that America's Toughest Jobs will premiere Monday, August 25 at 9PM ET/PT instead of its previously announced debut date of September 12.

Following its August 25 premiere, NBC will air three more America's Toughest Jobs' episodes in the Mondays at 9PM ET/PT timeslot before the series moves to its regular Fridays at 8PM ET/PT time period beginning September 19.

Produced by Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers creator Thom Beers, America's Toughest Jobs will follow the 13 contestants 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. 

Careers the contestants will undertake 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.

The annual salary of each job the contestants complete will also be combined until the finale, which will see one of the contestants walk away with the grand prize -- worth more than $250,000.

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 agreed 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.

Back in April, NBC originally announced that America's Toughest Jobs would air in the Mondays at 9PM ET/PT time slot as part of the network's Summer 2009 primetime programming lineup.  However only a month later the network revealed the show would instead air as part of its Fall 2008 primetime programming schedule.

America's Toughest Jobs' 13 contestants are:

- Amy Brodsky, a sailboat delivery employee from Boston, MA

- Rick Broider, a software-company vice president from Loudon, NH

- Senta Burke, an executive assistant from Los Angeles, CA

- Michaela Clemence, a scientific recruiter from Brighton, MA

- Ben Coleman, a carpenter from Brighton, MA

- Bryce Frazier, a personal trainer from Los Angeles, CA

- Sandy Gabriel, a math teacher from Austin, TX

- Rommel Gargoles, a martial arts instructor from North Hollywood, CA

- Rie Heffron, a product specialist from Woodland Hills, CA

- Steven Hopper, a college student and technology receptionist from Los Angeles, CA

- Phil Kolarczyk, a pharmaceutical sales rep from Orlando, FL

- Eric Waterhouse, a sculptor from Long Beach, CA

- Christopher Young, an investment broker from Pasadena, CA

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