Deadliest Catch captain Phil Harris has a stroke, now out of medically induced coma

Cornelia Marie captain Phil Harris suffered a stroke while offloading on Friday, and following surgery, is now out of a medically induced coma.

His sons Jake and Josh told TMZ today that Phil “showed some good signs of improvement,” and when he woke up, told his doctors and nurses, “Don’t fuck up.”

He “suffered a stroke [Friday] at St. Paul Island in Alaska” and “was medivacked to Anchorage,” according to the ship’s blog. He had surgery Sunday, and the blog later reported that he was “recovering” and that “Derrick Ray flew to St. Paul to take on the role of relief skipper for the rest of the Opilio season.” That recovery included being placed in an induced coma.

I asked but haven’t received an answer from Discovery about whether or not cameras were present and filming Friday.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.