Deadliest Catch stars play villains during superhero kid’s Make a Wish day

A 13-year-old with liver cancer had his wish come true Thursday in Seattle with the help of hundreds of people, including Deadliest Catch cast members. Erik Martin became a superhero, and thus needed villains to stop; they were played by Northwestern deck boss Edgar Hansen and deckhand Jake Anderson.

The Seattle Times reports that “Erik, who is living with liver cancer, has always wanted to be a superhero” so “the regional chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him that wish with an elaborate event that involved hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle.” The story was that “‘Dr. Dark’ and ‘Blackout Boy’ had imprisoned the Seattle Sounders in a locker room at Qwest Field. Only Electron Boy could free them.”

Edgar played Dr. Dark and Jake was Blackout Boy, and they filmed the following two videos that were played for Erik during his adventure; you can see him in this video as he saves the Seattle Sounders.

Local boy with cancer turns into a superhero for a day [Seattle Times]

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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