Deep Sea News

Me on TV?

i-f6fbebacfc24da99c729f341adb9bdb6-old-TV-set copy.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!


  1. #1 coturnix
    September 16, 2007

    I can’t think of anyone better or more appropriate for the role! I hope they understand this!

  2. #2 Jim Lemire
    September 16, 2007

    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!

  3. #3 afarensis, FCD
    September 16, 2007

    I think you would be a great choice and would tune in on a regular basis to see you!

  4. #4 ellie
    September 16, 2007

    I do! I do!

  5. #5 Nico
    September 16, 2007

    Definitely YES!!!

    We need more stuff like this on TV. ( men and women in wetsuits talking all things oceanic and marine life.)

  6. #6 Bekkah
    September 16, 2007

    yes, yes! everyone should be as passionate about the deep sea as you!

  7. #7 Saboma
    September 17, 2007

    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.


  8. #8 Peter Etnoyer
    September 17, 2007

    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.

  9. #9 Homie Bear
    September 17, 2007

    You’re at least as good looking as those MythBusters so you have my vote!

  10. #10 Cameron
    September 17, 2007

    You have my vote. Hope to see you on TV soon!

  11. #11 MarkH
    September 17, 2007

    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?

  12. #12 Kimmer
    September 17, 2007

    Oh, definitely yes! We need more science shows done by actual scientists.

  13. #13 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    September 17, 2007

    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.

  14. #14 Christina Kellogg
    September 17, 2007

    Yes, I definitely think you could be the “Bill Nye of the Deep-sea”.

  15. #15 Zuska
    September 17, 2007

    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?

  16. #16 Peter Etnoyer
    September 17, 2007

    Host-ess? Puh-lease. What am I? Chicken liver? I got two years in on this gig. Can I at least hold the cue cards?

  17. #17 Michele
    September 17, 2007

    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!

  18. #18 Andrea
    September 18, 2007

    they would be missing out otherwise!

  19. #19 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    September 18, 2007

    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.

  20. #20 Bruce T.
    September 18, 2007

    I think you’d make a fine host for a cable TV show.

  21. #21 Aquarius
    September 19, 2007

    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!

  22. #22 Blondie
    September 20, 2007

    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.

  23. #23 Abel Pharmboy
    September 20, 2007

    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!

  24. #24 Peter Etnoyer
    September 20, 2007

    so I’m thinking “Craig McClain, the Kojak of the Deep Blue Sea”…

  25. #25 Pilar (Hi Craig)
    October 23, 2007

    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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