Deadliest Catch

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Wednesday 26 December, 8.30pm

Crab boats are a pressure boiler of tension and conflict. Endless hours of work, high stakes, and deadly conditions can push even the calmest of men over the edge. Some conflicts are as innocent as a shouting match, but when push comes to shove on the Bering Sea, rough and tumble fishermen don’t know how to hold back. This special highlights the best Deadliest Catch fights and conflicts from the hotheads, the whiners, and the ones that just want a little more respect.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Wednesday 19 December, 8.30pm

While the captains are the brains behind the operation, take a trip on deck to meet the heart, soul, and muscle of every crab boat. Find out what it takes to make it as a deckhand and meet the men who seek their fortunes on the edge of the earth. Between the horrible hours and brutal conditions, see just what drives the veterans of the fleet to return season after punishing season. And when the boats tie up, get a glimpse of the home lives of some of the toughest men on the planet.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Wednesdays from 12 December, 8.30pm

Making a living on the Bering Sea is dangerous; stepping behind a camera to document it is insane. In season eight the crews of Deadliest Catch are repeatedly faced with danger to film the hit TV show and ask themselves the obvious question: Why? Cameramen must battle the biggest arctic storm, and then the largest sea ice packs in decades. On the Wizard, a cameraman steps in to aid a deckhand during a medical emergency. The chase boat has a close encounter while filming the Northwestern. On the Ramblin’ Rose, the crew is second guessing their workplace choice. Then at last, crews return to Dutch Harbor after a grueling opilio season.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Wednesday 28 December, 8.30pm

The Bering Sea chews up the saltiest fishing veterans and spits them out without mercy. And the rookies, the ‘Greenhorns’? They don’t stand a fighting chance. It’s the toughest and deadliest job on Earth – and trial by fire is the only choice.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Wednesday 21 December, 8.30pm

Alaskan Monster Hunt: Hillstranded follows the stars of the Emmy award-winning Discovery Channel series, Deadliest Catch, brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand as they search for clues to the mystery of Alaska’s own version of the Loch Ness Monster. The Hillstrands, the captains of the Time Bandit, travel to sea after viewing footage of an unusually shaped eel-like creature dipping in and out of the water. Cameras will follow the Hillstrand brothers as they hunt the sea monster, which cryptozoologist Dr. Paul LeBlond of the University of British Columbia says could be a prehistoric sea animal long thought to be extinct.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Wednesdays from 14 December, 8.30pm

American Chopper Special: Deadliest Catch Bike

The OCC crew heads up to Alaska to meet up with the Hillstrand brothers from the Emmy award-winning Discovery Channel series, Deadliest Catch, and the ‘Deadliest Catch Bike’ is finally built!

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Wednesdays from 13 July, 8.30pm

Kicking off with a 2 hour special!

After a record-breaking, heartbreaking season last year, the Emmy award-winning Deadliest Catch returns with new blood, old wounds and rivalries that never die. For some it’s a season of change; for others, a chance to make a name for themselves. However, some things remain constant: the perilous, icy waters of the Bering Sea and the most dangerous job in the world.

The dark clouds and long shadow of their father’s death still hang heavy on Josh and Jake Harris but now they need to show the rest of the fleet that they can come back and step it up as co-owners of the Cornelia Marie.

This US hit season, sees two new boats join the Harris’ Cornelia Marie, the Hillstrands’ Time Bandit, Sig Hansen’s Northwestern and Keith Colburn’s Wizard. Dubbed ‘the floating frat house’, the Ramblin’ Rose introduces a young, rowdy crew skippered by Elliot Neese, all of 28 years old, and already boasting about his fishing prowess. Seabrooke Captain Scott Campbell Jr., 36, adds youth and cockiness as well but behind the steely confidence, Junior is still haunted by the loss of a deckhand at sea.

Another season of king crab begins with new blood, old wounds and rivalries that never die. For some it’s a season of change; for others, a chance to make a name for themselves.

However, some things remain constant: the perilous, icy waters of the Bering Sea and the fact that ultimately this is the most dangerous job in the world.

After a record-breaking and heartbreaking season last year, the Emmy® award-winning DEADLIEST CATCH returns to Discovery Channel this July. Series premieres Wednesday July 13 at 8.30pm (AEST). 

The dark clouds and long shadow of their father’s death still hang heavily on Josh and Jake Harris but now they need to show the rest of the fleet that they can come back and step it up as co-owners of the Cornelia Marie. 

After briefly auditioning successors in the wheelhouse of the Time Bandit last season, Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand are centre stage again with no intention of stepping down but they soon find their lucky streak in crabbing could be coming to an end. 

Over on the Northwestern, Captain Sig Hansen is left guessing if his brother Edgar is even showing up at all this season. And the usually steady and reliable Captain Keith Colburn gambles and ventures into uncharted fishing grounds hoping for a big payoff for the Wizard. 

Two new boats join the fleet this season. Dubbed “the floating frat house,” the Ramblin’ Rose introduces a young, rowdy crew skippered by Elliot Neese, all of 28 years old, and already boasting about his fishing prowess. Seabrooke Captain Scott Campbell Jr., 36, adds youth and cockiness as well but behind the steely confidence, Junior is still haunted by the loss of a deckhand at sea. Can he battle back and conquer his demons? 

 

DEADLIEST CATCH 7 episode descriptions: 

 

New Blood 

The king crab season begins with an infusion of fresh blood into the Bering Sea crab fleet. Two new captains join the fray: 36-year-old Scott Campbell Jr., the hard-charging, skipper of the sleek and powerful Seabrooke and 28-year-old first-time crabber, Elliot Neese, who helms the rusty and rowdy Ramblin’ Rose. Following the death of their father Phil, brothers Josh and Jake Harris are back to keep the family fishing legacy alive, but soon find themselves tested by Derrick Ray, the Cornelia Marie’s new skipper. Seasoned crews aboard the Northwestern, Time Bandit and Wizard battle heavy seas to get to their favourite hunting grounds, but arrive to hear the gut-wrenching sound of a mayday, signaling a crewman stricken on a nearby vessel. 

 

Proving Grounds 

Across the Bering Sea crab fleet, bad fishing causes high tensions and low morale as empty pots whittle away profits and nerves among the men. Hoping to resurrect the storied fishing success of the Cornelia Marie, the Harris brothers and new skipper Derrick Ray pull their first strings of the season, but find nothing but barren waters and marauding sand fleas. The strikeout rekindles hostility between captain Derrick and engineer Steve Ward. On the Northwestern, ambitious deckhand Jake Anderson gets a chance to briefly operate the boat, but has to face some personal demons in the wheelhouse. Up-and-coming boats Seabrooke and Ramblin’ Rose experience polar opposites of fishing fortune on the grounds: one hits it big while the other misses completely. On the Wizard, volatile captain Keith Colburn reaches boiling point when his crew fails. 

 

Old Age and Treachery 

Veteran boats and tested skippers struggle to find their precious cargo as bad pots turn to blank pots. On the Wizard, danger strikes when a crewmember gets caught in a line. On the Seabrooke, Scott “Jr.” Campbell defies the fishing odds by pulling up full pots, but a bitter, jealous deck boss, mars his triumph. On the Cornelia Marie, Jake Harris gets a sink-or-swim lesson in driving a crab boat, and steers the crew toward their biggest pots of the season, but a rift with captain Derrick Ray deepens in the process. Lastly, aboard the Ramblin’ Rose, freshman skipper Elliott Neese realises that all of his hard fought crab bounty could die in the tanks unless he makes a difficult choice. 

 

Breaking Point 

It’s a time of reckoning as new and different challenges descend on the crab fleet halfway through their season. A greenhorn from Idaho onboard the Seabrooke gets a rude awakening when faced with the physical and mental rigours of crab fishing. First-time skipper Elliott Neese makes a rookie mistake that costs him and the crew of the Ramblin’ Rose dearly during the first offload of his young career. Frustrated by the low crab count, Josh Harris confronts Skipper Derrick Ray only to get shut down by a sprawling arctic storm. The brutal weather forces everyone onboard the Cornelia Marie to put aside their differences and run for cover. Deckhand Jake Anderson gets another crack at making big decisions for the Northwestern when he’s offered the chance to strategise a town soak. And over on the Kodiak, Skipper “Wild Bill” Wichrowski must contend with a broken crane that forces his crew to push the heavy pots, causing one deckhand to go down after a bad fall on deck. 

 

A Wing and a Prayer 

Bad luck finds the fleet in the latter half of the king crab season. On the Northwestern, the boat suffers a near-miss at port before bad fishing sparks a vicious fight between deckboss Edgar Hansen and deckhand Jake Anderson. The crew of the Wizard finds the source of the bad mojo aboard the boat and tosses it over the side, hoping to improve their fortunes. Captain Johnathan Hillstrand on the Time Bandit takes a massive gamble on barren grounds to find crab, while the greenhorn aboard the Seabrooke goes into a tailspin, leaving skipper Scott “Jr.” Campbell in a bind. 

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Wednesday 24 November, 9.30pm

Discovery Channel bids a final farewell to one of its own, Captain Phil Harris, star of the hit series, Deadliest Catch. Captain Phil of the MV Cornelia Marie, suffered a stroke in January 2010 while the ship was off-loading in the small Alaskan port town of St. Paul. He was rushed to hospital and battled his way through surgery and treatment but ultimately passed away on February 9, devastating his family, friends, fellow captains and skippers, and loyal fans. This one hour special looks back at the life of Captain Phil Harris and includes interviews with fellow captains and deckhands, memorable ‘Phil moments’ from the past six seasons of Deadliest Catch, never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes, fan remembrances recorded at CatchCon fan conference in 2010, and also a special look inside his public memorial service in Seattle.

Discovery Channel bids a final farewell to one of its own, with several upcoming premieres designed to honour and pay tribute to Captain Phil Harris.  

As part of its sixth season, the Emmy®-award winning Deadliest Catch launches its emotional climax sharing the story of the death of the F/V Cornelia Marie Captain beginning Wednesdays from 27 October, 8.30pm.

Additionally, the November 17 episode of After The Catch will include a farewell tribute to the late Captain, and a special tribute show – Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered – will premiere November 24, featuring one-on-one interviews with the fellow captains and Phil’s sons, Josh and Jake Harris.

Captain Phil Harris suffered a stroke on January 29, 2010, while the Cornelia Marie was offloading in the small Alaskan port town of St. Paul.  He was transported to Anchorage where he battled through surgery and treatment but ultimately passed away on February 9.

“Captain Phil was a father, fisherman, funny man and, most importantly for fans worldwide, a friend.  We celebrate his life and all those he has touched through Deadliest Catch,” said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel and Science Channel.  “I wish this would never have been a storyline of the series, but I am proud of the heart and emotion we have worked so hard to put into these very special episodes as a tribute to Phil.”

The full list of upcoming episodes featuring Captain Phil’s last days and honouring his legacy is as follows:

 

DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 11 – Wednesday 27 October, 8.30pm

The opening episode includes Phil’s initial stoke and the quick action taken by his sons – Josh and Jake – and the rest of the crew to get medical attention.  The severity of the situation weighs heavily on the close-knit Cornelia Marie crew as they pray for the best and are left to wonder who will take the boat out without Phil there.

 

DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 12 – Wednesday 3 November, 8.30pm

The rest of the fleet begins to hear the unsettling news of their friend and fellow skipper.  Captains Sig Hansen, Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand and Keith Colburn all react with stunned disbelief while still keeping an eye on the turbulent waters, as the Bering Sea stops for no one.

 

DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 13 – Wednesday 10 November, 8.30pm

Josh and Jake Harris continue to watch over their dad at the Anchorage hospital.  They are joined by Johnathan Hillstrand as well as Phil’s inner circle of biker buddy friends.  Ever the stubborn fighter, Phil rallies in the ICU.

 

DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 14 – Wednesday 17 November, 8.30pm

Despite small signs of encouragement, Captain Phil loses his battle.  He passes away surrounded by family and friends.

 

AFTER THE CATCH: PHIL HARRIS SPECIAL – Wednesday 17 November, 9.30pm

The fleet wraps up its time at the French Quarter’s Blue Nile bar in the season finale of After The Catch. Captain Phil Harris is remembered in true ‘Nawlins style as fans pour onto Frenchmen Street for a traditional, raucous Jazz Parade. The celebration brings together all the captains to pay tribute to their friend and colleague.

 

DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 15 – Wednesday 24 November, 8.30pm

The news of Phil’s death reaches the rest of the fleet.  Captains Keith, Johnathan, Andy and Sig all struggle to come to terms with their friend and colleague’s passing.

 

DEADLIEST CATCH: CAPTAIN PHIL HARRIS REMEMBERED – Wednesday 24 November, 9.30pm

A special one-hour look back at the life of Captain Phil Harris, skipper of F/V Cornelia Marie.  The special includes interviews with fellow captains and deckhands, memorable “Phil moments” from the past six seasons of Deadliest Catch, never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes and fan remembrances recorded at CatchCon 2010 and Phil’s public memorial service in Seattle.

 

DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 16 – Wednesday 1 December, 8.30pm

On the finale of the sixth season of Deadliest Catch, the fleet is still absorbing the news about Phil.  But the stormy waters of the Bering Sea never take a break, and the Captains and the crew must soldier on in the race to make their quotas, as the Opilio season comes to an end.