Me on TV?

old-TV-set%20copy.jpgPresumably if you are reading this you enjoy my ramblings about the deep sea. What if you could get more of me? What if I was on your TV? Wouldn’t that be great! Recently, I found out about an opportunity with a production company that is developing a show on the deep sea for a major cable channel. Sorry I can’t be more specific. They are looking for hosts and there is a little talk about yours truly potentially filling the spot. At this point they have my tape and I am in the running with a bunch of others that frankly might be better looking than me. That is why I need your help…I am taking it to the streets, grassroots style. Post in the comments if you want to see my face on a “major cable channel”. Only comment if you truly think I am qualified, engaging, or passionate enough about the deep ocean. If I get enough comments here then I will pass the web address to the producers. Thanks! P.S. Yes I would powder my bald head!

Dr. M (1605 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





25 comments on “Me on TV?
  1. only if you host the show entirely in your wet suit…

    seriously now, I’d certainly watch (and force my kids too so I can point and say “Hey kids, I kinda know that guy!”) – good luck!

  2. I stopped watching TV due to the crap that is on it years ago, Craig. Yet, if you can reel this in, I’d be pleased to watch your show. Heck, I’ll even buy a TV.

    ^5
    Deal?

  3. You go Craig! Your experience, credentials, passion, and approach make you the right man for the job.

    I’d vote for a pipe and smoking jacket over a wetsuit, but I’ll watch either way. Good luck.

  4. Well, if you’re not pretty then people know you must have some other talent that got you hired. Maybe something like knowledge, or passion for the topic, etc. Those seem more valuable to me.

    Good luck! I’d love to see you on Animal Planet? Discovery?

  5. I certainly think that you are “qualified, engaging, or passionate enough about the deep ocean.” As for looks, they would likely team you up with a bikin-clad co-star, with whom you would have to spend a great deal of time during filming and production.

  6. You’d be great, and they’d be fools not to hire you!

    p.s. Tegumai, do we really need the fantasizing about eye candy? why not hope instead for a really smart co-hostess who is just as passionate and knowledgeable about the topic as Craig, someone he could really work with?

  7. I think you would be a great host! I always enjoy your blog – you have a knack for choosing interesting topics and bringing them to people who may not be science oriented.

    Good luck!

  8. p.s. Tegumai, do we really need the fantasizing about eye candy?

    Is the question “what do we need” or “what do network executives think we need”? Personally, I don’t own a TV so would probably never see this show.

  9. I know that you would put in 110%, as you always do. This is a passion, not necessarily a career, that has motivated, encouraged, and intrigued you for several years now. You bring this to this site and in everything you do. Why not take it to a cable network. No matter what show or what channel, you would have people, non-science as well, watching and learning. Isn’t that what is important. I would also vote for Peter as your co-host. Good luck!

  10. I think you would make a great host. You definitely know your stuff! We could have our students watch you to find out more than what we have in our textbooks. Would you shoot on location? What an awesome opportunity.

  11. Your depth of knowledge (pun intended) and ability to communicate it with the public are superb. Whatever cable major cable channel is bidding for your expertise will be handsomely rewarded. Good luck and keep us posted!

  12. Question: 1)Is there a reason that a woman would be a “sidekick” instead of a co-star? and 2)Why is there an assumption that “eye-candy” and “smart and passionate & knowledgable about the subject” are mutually exclusive concepts?

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