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:

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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