Sitting in Manhattan overlooking the skyscrapers of New York City, Mike Rowe can easily admit he has taken some serious risks for his CNN show “Somebody’s Got to Do It.” In the upcoming season, the man takes on speed and drives a race car that goes from 0 to 150 in five seconds. In another episode, he descends toward earth quickly before he pulls the cord of a parachute. Talking with the CNN host exclusively for atombash.com on Wednesday, the kind host discussed how his viewers played a big role on why the show is back for another exciting season.
The connection Mike Rowe has with the audience of “Somebody’s Got to Do It,” seems to be an intricate combination of friendship, storytelling and a camera. Rowe knows how to tell the stories of people around the country and every week he reveals the passion found in their soul to do the task. It sounds easy, but this job requires a new set of skills for Rowe every time he hits the road. Plus, there are no second takes so what the camera originally captures is a genuine response of Mike Rowe’s first impression of the person and the task at hand.
“The people highlighted know what they need to do,” explains Mike Rowe on the individuals he has filmed for his show. “In the end, we are dealing with people who love what they do and are passionate about it.”
With the new season, the show has become very personal for Mike Rowe. Getting his ideas from fans and forming a unique relationship with the viewers, it’s a gratifying connection that lasts beyond a show series. The host recently got a stack of boxes in his mail included gifts by viewers who love his work. From quilts to homemade whiskey (which he said was delicious) to a horse saddle and even a crocheted hat, there is no limit on what people send to express their appreciation.
“I look at them as a good-natured boss,” said Mike Rowe as he reflected on his audience. As his fans know, he might not be an expert on anything he attempts, but he gets paid to try new things on camera. His experience is so well liked and honest that viewers can experience the moment too.
Mike Rowe isn’t just the storyteller of the everyday American who has a burning passion, he has become a celebrity himself. Cops stop to shake his hand, garbage men give him hugs and even his parents are showered with kindness. CNN has already ordered another season and the crew is currently out filming Rowe’s new adventures.
“Somebody’s Got to Do It” kicks off a new season on CNN starting September 27, 2015. Offering a glimpse at America and the passionate people who call her home, Mike Rowe’s hosts one of the best shows on cable television.