What will happen with the show Deadliest Catch?

Posted on: September 29, 2010

For over five years, viewers of Deadliest Catch saw the adventures and perils of fishing for crabs off the Alaskan coast. The captains we got to know and love, brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand and Sig Hansen have decided to quit the show.

It all started when the Hillstrands were signed up to do a spinoff of Deadliest Catch but reneged on their commitment. The Hillstrand said in a statement recently that they were unable to continue the show due to the ongoing litigation , in which Discovery accused the duo of not doing work on a planned special. This resulted in Captain Sig Hansen, who was not sued, to also leave the series, in support of the Hillstrands.

The Discovery Channel sued the Hillstrands for $3 million, claiming that they did not complete work on a planned Catch spin-off called “Hillstranded.” The brothers said last week that the lawsuit was an extortion attempt by the network. Their lawyer said that the lawsuit could force them to sell their boats and fire their crews.

But when Sig Hansen joined the walk-out because he wanted people to know that the captains stand together and support them 100 percent, prospects for seeing these captains on Deadliest Catch seems slim to none.

Hansen is captain of the Northwestern and has been on the series since 2005. The Hillstrands captain the Time Bandit and joined in Season 2.

This year has been tough for the captains of the “Deadliest Catch”. This year the series has lost four captains.  In February, show favorite and Cornelia Marie Captain Phil Harris died of a massive stroke at age 53.

Hopefully, they can come to an agreement because production of the show is set to begin next month.

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