Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), founded in 1973, is considered the largest Christian television network. It features a wide array of programming and Christian films across six networks. They are now adding a huge star to their lineup, in a move that will delight their viewers.
As The Daily Caller reported, CBN is adding Mike Rowe to their network lineup. Rowe’s wildly popular show, titled, Somebody’s Gotta Do It will air in the 9 PM slot in TBN’s regular lineup.
Somebody’s Gotta Do It will begin airing Saturday, December 2nd, at 9 PM. It will follow the 8 PM show of former-Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR). The first season of Rowe’s show will include 13 half-hour episodes.
Rowe issued a statement following the TBN announcement, saying: “I’m really excited that ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’ has found a new home. The people we feature on this show are exactly what the country needs right now–real and regular folks with a genuine sense of humor, a genuine passion for what they do, and a genuine desire to share that passion with America,” Rowe said. “There’s just no way you can watch this show and not feel better about the species, and I know the TBN audience will love the people who ‘gotta do it.’”
Somebody’s Gotta Do It was formerly a part of CNN. The show features Rowe traveling across the country to meet with hardworking Americans, highlighting the lives of people who “do what they do because of a weird mix of love, compulsion, obsession, dedication – whatever it is.”
However, Rowe said that the TBN version of the show will have some changes in format that differ from how it appeared on CNN.
Rowe explained, “this not the same show that aired on CNN. For starters, we’ve cut the episodes down to half-hours. Instead of three segments over the course of sixty minutes, we now have one segment over the course of thirty. That makes a huge difference. It gives us more time to get to know the people we meet and tell each story at a more relaxed pace. Hence, there’s more room for little moments, (or perhaps, not so little) – like saying grace at the kitchen table.”
He added, “We’ve also added new music, new narration, and a few new edits to address some network concerns with my predilection for naughty words and frosty beverages.”
Some had questioned whether the show’s move to a Christian network is indicative of Rowe’s faith.
“Bottom line, Somebody’s Gotta Do It is a family-friendly romp that celebrates regular people doing something they love,” Rowe stated. “It’s not a ‘religious program,’ but it does feature people who have answered a call of some kind, and I’ve tried to emphasize the wisdom of heeding that call in every episode. In truth, that’s what inspired the show in the first place, and I’m hopeful the TBN audience will like it.”
Trinity Broadcasting Network is airing Mike Rowe’s show Somebody’s Gotta Do It! Will you watch it?
Rowe had received criticism from liberals for his common sense views on jobs and education. He is an advocate of technical schools and job training instead of expensive higher education degrees. He founded “mikeroweWORKS,” a nonprofit charity that provides scholarships to individuals who pursue job training for in-demand skilled trades that university-educated people stray away from. The charity also spreads advocacy for “the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people.”
Mike Rowe is a friend of the work ethic and self-responsibility that is consistent among Christians and conservatives. It’s unsurprising that his show made it to TBN, where it will likely resonate louder with viewers than any other network.