Baltimore's image -- badly tarnished in the past few weeks by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray after his arrest by Baltimore police and the subsequent outbreak of violence -- is about to get a much-needed boost of charm.
The Baltimore-born television host Mike Rowe is setting this week's episode of his show, "Somebody's Gotta Do It," in his hometown. The episode, titled "Highway Boulder Crew," airs at 9 p.m. Thursday on CNN.
According to the show's promo, "Mike tries his hand at water ballet, learns rock climbing and repelling in a day and raises a super-sized flag."
During an interview last month with Sun television critic David Zurawik, Rowe said that during the episode, he participates in a water ballet with the performance art group Fluid Movement, and also spends time at Fort McHenry tagging along with Vince Vaise, whom Rowe describes as "the single most interesting park ranger in the world."
The episode, he said, tells "the story of Fort McHenry, the Star-Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key, all of it, in a traditional way and then through this wildly interpretive and possibly humiliating experience with me in a water ballet."
We can't wait.
Rowe was among a group of celebrities to participate in a Visit Baltimore TV tourism campaign. You can watch his ad above.