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Mike Rowe to voice Discovery's 'Human Planet'
'Dirty Jobs' star adds new epic mini-series to an already impressive resume of narration gigs for the network.
Thu, Apr 07, 2011 at 03:35 PM
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While a series the scale of the Discovery Channel's upcoming "Human Planet" might be considered a pretty sweet narration gig, for Mike Rowe, it's just another day at the office.
The 49-year-old host of the popular Discovery series "Dirty Jobs" has provided voice work for such network shows as "American Chopper," "American Hot Rod," "Deadliest Catch," "Wild Pacific," "Ghost Lab" and even the annual "Shark Week."
With a resume like that, which also includes a myriad of television specials, you'd be hard-pressed not to find Rowe's voice included in at least something every day on the Discovery Channel.
So it makes sense that in lieu of any big name celebrity, the network would entrust their latest high-profile television event "Human Planet" to Rowe.
Four years in the making, the six-part series spanning 40 countries will profile humans living in some of the harshest environments on the planet.
"'Human Planet' is the story of us, uniquely told through the lens of the world’s premier natural history filmmaking,” said Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel. “Throughout the series, viewers will be transported to some of the most stunning locations on Earth to bear witness to intensely captivating stories of human perseverance and survival.”
The BBC version of the series, which aired earlier this year, featured narration by actor John Hurt ("Harry Potter," "Indiana Jones"). After last year's Oprah debacle, there's nowhere left to go but up with Rowe.
Check out this awesome clip from "Human Planet" below. The series will be shown on April 10, 17 and 24, with two episodes airing from 8-10 p.m. (EST) each night.
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