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:

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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