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 (1730 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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. Definitely YES!!!

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

  3. 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.


  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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?

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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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