Posted by jkiesewetter March 12th, 2010, 10:08 am
As I suspected, the “Undercover Boss” shot here last month was with the Roto-Rooter division of Cincinnati-based Chemed Corp. And there could be two! Newport Aquarium’s parent company (Georgia based Herschend Family Entertainment) also shot an episode.
CBS just announced that Roto-Rooter President and COO Rick L. Arquilla will be one of the new four episodes aired by CBS this spring, though no date was announced. The March 28 show stars Joel Manby, president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, who owns 26 family theme parks and attractions, including Newport Aquarium, Dollywood and Branson’s Silver Dollar City. (The Feb. 28 White Castle show was shot largely here, at the Covington and Hamilton stores, and the Covington frozen food factory.)
Roto-Rooter, the largest plumbing provider in the US, is very media savvy. Two Roto-Rooter plumbers, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, star as the paranormal investigators on the Syfy channel’s “Ghost Hunters” series. The guys recently published a book about their adventures, “Chilling Tales from the Porcelain Seat.”
The two other new “Undercover Boss” episodes star Chris McCann, president of 1-800-Flowers, one of the world’s largest florists… and Michael G. Rubin, chairman, president and CEO of GSI Commerce, an e-commerce giant behind numerous top U.S. retailers.
Previously announced was Churchill Downs COO Bill Carstanjen on “Undercover Boss” this Sunday (9 p.m., CBS). The GSI Commerce show airs the next week (March 21), then the Herschend Family Entertainment show.
“Undercover Boss” is the highest-rated new series this season, because of the huge boost following the Super Bowl. It has been renewed for fall.
Anyone seen camera crews at Chemed, Roto-Rooter or Newport Aquarium?