Sig Hansen’s brother suggests Northwestern captain may return to Deadliest Catch

Deadliest Catch lost its three biggest remaining stars last night when Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand quit the show because the Discovery Channel sued the Hillstrands. But now, Sig’s brother suggests the Northwestern captain may stay with the show he’s been on since the pilot.

Edgar Hansen told KIRO news in Seattle that “It’s a possibility, yes. It depends on things that I probably cannot discuss at this time.” He doesn’t say anything else or clarify, and it’s possible he’s just hoping rather than talking about some real possibility since, of course, everything is possible.

If Sig leaves with the Hillstrands, that’d leave Keith Colburn and probably Josh and Jake Harris, and I’m not sure the show works with just them. Deadliest Catch has brought on other new people before, like the captain of the Kodiak this last season, but the continuity of the cast is really important, because it’s not about watching crab pot after crab pot come over the side of the ship. It’s about the people, and without them, Discovery doesn’t have a show.

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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