Watching the episode made me feel so disappointed in Discovery Channel for canceling Dirty Jobs. When I first heard the news back in December, I thought that perhaps Mike Rowe had other projects he wanted to do - after all, he'd recently done that How Booze Built America mini-series. But no - it looks like it was the network who decided to end things. Why? Was it because the show didn't feature explosions and big machines and angry, loud men? Was Mike Rowe not enough of a redneck,or was he too law-abiding? Was Dirty Jobs too educational? Does it simply no longer fit on the network that broadcasts shows like Fast n' Loud, Moonshiners, Extreme Smuggling and I (Almost) Got Away With It?
Discovery Channel, once upon a time, was a great place to watch documentaries about history, science, nature, and suchlike. Somewhere along the way, the network became a testosterone-laced reality quagmire. The cancellation of Dirty Jobs just seems like one more step in the transformation toward an imitation of Spike TV.
I'm very, very disappointed.