Deadliest Catch returns with calm seas and a somber tone

Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch is back tonight for its sixth season at 9 p.m. ET, and it will include the February death of Cornelia Marie captain Phil Harris. Although it’s unclear how much footage we’ll see, producers did film him in the hospital prior to his death.

Over its first five seasons, the show has remarkably reminded to find entertaining narratives and a lot of drama from a very repetitive job. It can also be remarkably lighthearted and fun. But as this clip shows, this season will have Phil’s impending death hovering over it even in scenes that aren’t about him or the Cornelia Marie:

As an indication of the somber tone, this sixth season trailer starts and ends with Phil and his sons, Jake and Josh, and is a lot quieter than the usually frenetic series:

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