TCA, Day 5...Listening In to the Sandhogs

Today's cuppa: Barry's Classic blend tea, Beverly Hilton coffee

For those just joining me, this is Day 5 of the biannual Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. We just finished four days of press conferences and presentations by cable networks of their new shows and movies. PBS has the weekend; next week we go into the broadcast networks, along with cable channels owned by the same corporate parents of the broadcast nets (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW).

For those who've been here all along, I've been promising audio clips from the one-on-one interviews I've been doing. A girl of my word, today's posts will be largely dedicated to playing catch-up.

First, here's a clip from two of the men featured in History Channel "American Originals" series "Sandhogs," due out in the third quarter of this year. Like the loggers of History's "Ax Men," it features working men doing jobs that stretch back into history. In this case, it's a tight-knit brotherhood that works in the water, sewer and subway tunnels under New York.

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Producer and filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein actually had to become a Sandhog, including joining their union, to film their lives (double-click on the photo for a slightly larger version).

Here's Morgan Curran (a native Irishman who migrated to England and then to New York) and New Yorker Ryan McGinty (who sports a union tattoo on one muscled arm) talking about Rosenstein:

And here's Curran, McGinty and fellow Sandhog Chickie Donohue on what they'd like people to learn from the series:

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