Phil Harris’ memorial is live on the Internet, as is Deadliest Catch’s second Catchcon

A memorial service for Cornelia Marie captain and Deadliest Catch star Phil Harris is being broadcast live on the Internet tonight as part of the show’s second-annual Catchcon gathering. Harris died in early February, and his death will be part of the current season of the show.

Catchcon takes place all day tomorrow and includes Deadliest Catch captains Sig Hansen, Keith Colburn, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand, and includesa chance to see their ships; its being held at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91 in Seattle on.

Both the Friday 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT memorial service and noon PT events during Catchon on Saturday are being broadcast live on Ustream. Watch here:

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.

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