It appears that ‘Deadliest Catch‘ won’t be stranded at the dock.
Filming on Season 7 of the Discovery hit is scheduled to begin next week, with or without Sig Hansen, Jonathan Hillstrand and Andy Hillstrand, the trio of Captains who bailed on the fishing docu-series last week over a legal dispute with the Discovery channel.
The network has since announced plans to set sail with the Cornelia Marie for a new season of killer waves and monster crabs, with Josh and Jake Harris, the sons of the late Captain Phil Harris, on board the crab fishing vessel. The crew will also include Captain Derrick Ray (who filled in as skipper when Papa Harris first took ill), engineer Steve Ward, and deckhands Freddie Maughtai and Ryan Simpson.
There was no mention of Captains Sig, Andy or Jonathan in the release, although it’s reasonable to suspect the show’s favorite captains may be doing some negotiating behind the scenes.
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Whether or not the MIA captains will return remains unknown; the fishermen have declined to comment since issuing a statement Sept. 28th announcing they were “unable to continue participating” in the show due to “the situation with Discovery.” ‘The situation’ is the cable channel’s lawsuit against the Hillstrand brothers for failing to complete a proposed spin-off series.
But if the Cap’ns–or the network–have a change of heart, they need to act quickly. The ‘Catch’ fleet of boats needs to leave Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for the Bering Sea by Oct. 15th in order to capitalize on king crab season. Ahoy!
Would you watch ‘Deadliest Catch’ with the Harris brothers and without the Hillstrand brothers and Capt. Sig?
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