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America's Toughest Jobs

8-9 PM · NBC · Debuted Aug. 25

CONCEPT From the folks who brought you cable's Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers comes the inevitable: a network reality show about people with ordinary 9-to-5 jobs who attempt dangerous occupations like oil drilling, logging, and crab fishing. The prize: a year's salary of all nine tough jobs combined (cool idea!).
THE SCOOP Creator Thom Beers says, ''I've never, in any show I've ever done, seen more broken bones and dislocated body parts.''
BOTTOM LINE Ouch. So far, this lacks the sweaty tang of Beers' other shows; a tad too game-show-y.

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Originally posted Sep 05, 2008 Published in issue #1010-1011 Sep 12, 2008 Order article reprints