“Deadliest Catch” is back on, at least for fans of the hit reality show. Last week, it was announced that three popular captains were not going to return for the new season. This was due to a lawsuit by the Discovery Channel. But, it appears to be water over the dam today!
Captains Sig Hansen, Andy Hillstrand, and Johnathan Hillstrand are back on board, so to speak, with documenting their adventures in crab fishing. The news doesn’t come soon enough, as filming is set to begin next week. The show was originally going to continue, without the outspoken captains, but feedback from viewers indicated that no one would be watching if that were the case.
Who can blame them? Add to the list of missing captains our beloved Phil Harris, who died of stroke complications earlier this year. If Hansen and the Hillstrand brothers were to leave, there would be no one left to watch. Thank goodness that someone at Discovery, or elsewhere, had a change of heart!
It was ridiculous to hear that a mere $3 million legal suit was the cause of such distress to the fans. The show makes more than that in a single season, no doubt. And, the producers surely became very aware of the public’s opinion after the announcement was made that certain captains were not going to participate. It is a case of greed, as many viewers point out. And, it was senseless in every way.
But, that is all in the past. We have moved on to brighter days, thanks to the three well-liked captains. We are again to witness the austerity, the delirium, the downright danger of men who risk it all for a bit of crab. Was it a ploy? Possibly. Was it something that the Hillstrand brothers needed to do to get Discovery to drop the lawsuit? Perhaps.
We’ll never know. And, quite frankly, we don’t care. All we needed was for someone to come to their senses, and that has happened. And, it feels good. It would not have been the same without them.
Mike Fleeman, “Captains Returning to Deadliest Catch after Dispute”, People.com