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:

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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