SALT LAKE CITY — Crews from the popular TV show "Dirty Jobs" recently went on a dinosaur dig in eastern Utah with some state paleontologists who will now be featured in an upcoming episode.
Set to air on Tuesday, the program will showcase what it is like to dig in the dirt and encounter all that accompanies that process — from smells and unpleasant, surprising discoveries.
State Paleontologist Jim Kirkland and Utah Geological Survey paleontologist Don DeBlieux traveled with the cast and crew of the show to an undisclosed location in eastern Utah for the one day shoot to look for and dig dinosaur bones out of the side of a steep hill.
“We picked that site because it is such a spectacular location, but it is a difficult location and one which requires lots of hard and strenuous work,” said DeBlieux.
According to the show’s website: “DIRTY JOBS profiles the unsung American laborers who make their living in the most unthinkable — yet vital — ways. Our brave host and apprentice Mike Rowe introduces you to a hardworking group of men and women who overcome fear, danger and sometimes stench and overall ickiness to accomplish their daily tasks.”
On the day of the Utah filming, the weather did not cooperate.
“It rained for a couple of hours in the morning and we were afraid that we weren’t going to be able to film, and they only had one day to shoot. But luckily, the skies cleared and it turned out to be a nice day.”
The show points out that you have to have patience, strength and a love of playing in the dirt in order to be a paleontologist.
“We are excited to see the show because we have only seen the trailers,” said DeBlieux. “But based on the trailers, it should be pretty amusing!”
Some of the episode’s trailers can be seen at: http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/dirty-jobs-sneak-peek/