Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" Kicks Off With Andy Samberg as "Chief Shark Officer"

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Aug. 1 2011, Published 9:42 a.m. ET

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Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" has started and is already the highlight of most people's summers, but this year Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg is hosting the week as the "Chief Shark Officer." Is it possible he's making the TV special even better?


"Shark Week" started Sunday night with a new addition to the program — Andy! And he's just the man for the job.

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"Well, it was a childhood dream, obviously, he told CNN's The Marquee Blog. "Even though I'm the first ever Chief Shark Officer, I assumed that someday they would invent that role and that when they did, I would be there and be completely qualified to be named it. It was one of those once in a lifetime things you get asked to do something that you never to be expected."

And for his job, Any even had to get in the water and film with some sharks.

"It was like lightning ... and more scary than an orgy," he said of swimming with the sharks. "That's a lot of bodies — a lot of slapping around and a lot of fish."

This year's Discovery Channel programming lineup includes shows like "Great White Invasion," "Jaws Comes Home," "Summer of the Shark," "Killer Sharks" and more.

With a lineup that great, do you think Andy's hosting gig makes it even better or was it unnecessary?


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