‘Deadliest Catch’ brings real-life adventure to prime time
By Kyla Brewer
dventure on the high seas
has fascinated moviegoers and TV viewers since
the dawn of moving pictures,
and one Discovery Channel series is proving that it’s still a big
draw. There are no swashbucklers or dashing buccaneers, but
viewers are hooked on “Deadliest Catch,” which airs Tuesdays
on the cable specialty channel.
In the show, daring camera
operators board crab-fishing
boats on the Bering Sea, just off
the Alaskan coast, in some of
the most dangerous waters in
the world. Although the show
airs in the spring and summer,
it is filmed in the harsh fall and
winter, during the Alaskan king
crab and opilio crab fishing
Despite the perilous conditions, “Deadliest Catch” has
sailed through seven seasons
and is now celebrating its eighth,
a tremendous feat for any TV
series these days, let alone such
a gritty, unglamorous one. It’s
been a labor of love for those involved, though.
“From the very first day it has
been a privilege to share this
amazing journey with the fishermen of the Bering Sea,” said
Thom Beers, executive producer
and creator of “Deadliest Catch.”
“Everyone at Original Productions is proud to be a part of such
a groundbreaking and successful series.”
The show has certainly been
successful. Since it premiered
in 2005, it has become an international hit and now airs in
more than 150 countries. It has
won seven of the 25 Emmys it
has been nominated for -- five
of them in 2011 alone. More recently, the show hit its milestone
100th episode mark with this
spring’s season premiere.
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risk is what draws millions to
the series. There are no sets or
scripts, and the danger seen on
the screen is very real, hence
the “Deadliest” part of the title.
Many people claim that crab
fishing in the region is one of
the world’s most dangerous occupations.
“Deadliest Catch” footage reveals how deckhands struggle to
avoid tripping over hazards on already slippery decks, while also
facing gale-force winds and massive waves. Mike Rowe of “Dirty
Jobs” narrates the series.
Crab fishing is so hazardous
that the U.S. Coast Guard often
shows up in the footage, rescuing
crewmembers. In fact, Original
Productions stations a camera
crew with the coast guard while
the show is being filmed.
The show goes beyond what
happens on the ship to delve
into the lives of the remarkable
crewmembers that risk life and
limb, literally, in the hopes of
hauling in a big catch. The real
stars, however, are the captains
of the featured vessels, which
have included the Cornelia Marie, the Wizard, the Northwest-
ern, and the Time Bandit. The
captains, such as Northwestern’s
Sig Hansen and Time Bandit’s
Johnathan Hillstrand, share an
entertaining on-screen rivalry.
Family ties are also explored
as many of those working on
the boats are related. Crabfishing dynasties of note are
the Hansen brothers -- Sig and
Norm -- on the Northwestern,
and the Hillstrand family
aboard the Time Bandit.
All of these elements combine for riveting television.
However, the loss of a captain
during the filming in Season 6
has cast a dark shadow on the
show’s success. In January 2010,
Capt. Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie suffered a stroke and
was airlifted to Anchorage, and
cameras continued to roll during his evacuation, reportedly
at Harris’ insistence. Doctors
tried to save the beloved sea captain, but 11 days later he died.
The show has persevered, and
Season 7 averaged more than
three million viewers per episode, and it ranked tops among
the non-sports cable programs
on Tuesday nights.
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