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'Deadliest Catch' preview: Captains tease blood, big storms, and 'the longest continuous bleep in the history of the show'

On April 22, Discovery’s Emmy-winning reality series Deadliest Catch returns for its tenth season (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET). Viewers will have to wait until Opilio season to see the return of the Cornelia Marie, and the arrival of Mandy Hansen, Capt. Sig’s 18-year-old daughter, on the deck of the Northwestern. But there’s plenty of drama during red crab season, beginning in the two-hour premiere: From the government shutdown delaying the fleet’s start, which forces them to take bigger risks to make their delivery dates, to a greenhorn (and a captain!) nearly waving the white flag. EW sat down with captains Keith Colburn (Wizard), “Wild” Bill Wichrowski (Cape Caution), and Johnathan Hillstrand (Time Bandit) to chat about it all — including why you probably won’t be seeing them with a woman on their crews anytime soon.  READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch': Season 10 has return of the Cornelia Marie, arrival of Mandy Hansen -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Discovery Channel’s Emmy-winning reality show Deadliest Catch returns April 22, and as you’ll see in our exclusive first-look at the premiere’s cold open, which previews the landmark tenth season, there is no shortage of compelling stories. Josh Harris has the Cornelia Marie back crabbing, Sig Hansen has his 18-year-old daughter Mandy working on the Northwestern, boats are seen on fire and flooding, someone is heard yelling, “Man down! Man down! Man down!,” and both the Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers make appearances. “You, of course, want your tenth season to be awesome, like any other. But the deck is definitely stacked in our favor this year,” says Jeff Conroy, president and executive producer at Original Productions, which produces the show. “I jokingly, in season 3, said, ‘Look guys, my goal is to get to season 10,’” he recalls. “To imagine that it would be this now, I don’t think anyone could have predicted. None of these kind of workplace docs had done that, so it wasn’t something that you thought of. You thought, ‘Well, Friends goes nine seasons.’”

“Getting to a tenth season is incredible for any series, and this show is such an enormous undertaking and so difficult to produce,” Discovery Channel executive producer David Pritikin says, praising the men at women at Original who risk their lives filming it and continue to raise the bar. “Fans should expect bigger and better this season.”

Watch the cold open below. Then read 10 teases from Conroy and Pritikin about season 10. (There’s so much drama, the cold open barely touches on the return of Jake Anderson to the Northwestern! UPDATE: Read our roundtable with three of the captains.) READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' season finale: The Cornelia Marie returns! -- VIDEO

It was an emotional Deadliest Catch season finale last night, as two members of the Time Bandit crew prepared to move on: Mike Fourtner, the consummate deckhand and quote machine, got teary-eyed telling the camera he’s retiring because he wants to be known as a good husband and father rather than “Mike from the Time Bandit.” And the Hillstrand Brothers informed Josh Harris, eldest son of the late Capt. Phil Harris, that he won’t have a job on their deck next season because they wanted to give Josh a final push to make the leap fans have long been rooting for: It’s time for him to get his father’s old boat, the Cornelia Marie, back.

Watch the clip below, and tear up as producers cut from son to father to son as Josh quotes Phil: “My dad always said, ‘There’s three types of people in the world: There’s people that watch stuff happen, there’s people that make things happen, or you can wonder what the hell happened.’” As Josh says, “I’m gonna make something’ happen. I won’t fail because I know I have to do it. That’s just all there is to it. It’s a huge, huge moment, a huge move for me. Puttin’ it all on blue. Cornelia Marie blue.” READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' season finale preview: There will be blood -- VIDEO

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Deadliest Catch‘s ninth season comes to an end Tuesday (Discovery, 9 p.m. ET) with a two-hour episode that pits brother versus brother, man versus mother nature, and viewers’ will to watch every moment versus the urge to look away when a greenhorn* suffers a serious hand injury that prompts a “This program contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing” warning.

Also, Jake Anderson is probably going to make you tear up (again). Watch an exclusive preview below. READ FULL STORY

'MythBusters' takes on 'Deadliest Catch' chaos -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This week’s episode of MythBusters (Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET) keeps it in the Discovery family with a “Deadliest Catch Crabtastic Special.” Captains Johnathan and Junior join in the fun as Jamie and Adam test the deadliest Catch myth of all — that getting your foot caught in the rope at the rail guarantees you’re going overboard. Tory and Kari, meanwhile, test whether a pattern of power naps lets you function twice as well as no sleep at all. (They make that look pretty dangerous, too.) And the team determines whether a crab pot really is indestructible. (Cue the explosion!) Watch an exclusive tease below. READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' season preview: Exec producer says winter is coming again, but no medevac

Tonight, Deadliest Catch returns for its ninth season on Discovery, and there is top-notch drama even before the fleet leaves Dutch Harbor. Here, courtesy of exec producer David Pritikin, is a tease of what’s to come.

• Elliott Neese is now his own boss: Fired from the Ramblin’ Rose in the offseason, the show’s youngest and most polarizing captain has gone more than $1 million in debt to buy his own boat, the F/V Saga. Most shocking perhaps: Seeing the pride in his father’s misty eyes may, at least for a moment, have you thinking you’ve misjudged Elliott. “People love him or they love to hate him. I think this is truly his redemption year,” Pritikin says. “You find yourself kinda getting what his angst is all about this season. Seeing him with his father, who’s working on deck, is a great story for Elliott.” But, Pritikin warns, “He goes through the season not without his problems. His boat is aptly named for him this season — the Saga.”  READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch: The Bait' pre-show debuts with superfan Steve Carell -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Fans of Deadliest Catch are used to After the Catch wrap-ups, but for season 9, which begins Tuesday, Discovery will try something new: Deadliest Catch: The Bait, a series of one-hour pre-game shows that serve as walk-ups to episodes and offer an inside look from the captains. The inaugural Bait debuts April 16 at 8 p.m. ET, before that night’s Catch season premiere. In addition to a tour of Dutch Harbor and never-before-seen footage as the captains look back at season 8 and preview season 9, the hour includes an appearance from Catch fan Steve Carell, who recently mentioned how much he enjoys watching the show during a Tonight Show appearance.

Watch an exclusive clip of him lobbing a question at Sig Hansen below. He also asks Keith Colburn one, we’re told. Cable reality shows can be so addictive. Perhaps it’s why Carell appeared on History’s Pawn Stars last month. READ FULL STORY

SXSW: 'Deadliest Catch' captains on social media at sea -- VIDEO

The SXSW festival in Austin has certainly expanded over the past several years, but no one could have predicted that one of the most popular panels would be hosted by crab fishermen from Alaska. But of course, the stars of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch aren’t just any Alaskan crab fishermen. Shira Lazar of What’s Trending sat down with the crew to talk about the challenges of social media on the job, their fans, and whether blogging and tweeting is as hard work as being out on the open sea.

Check out the video interview below:
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'Deadliest Catch' returns April 16: 'It's a war' -- SNEAK PEEK

Deadliest Catch returns to Discovery for its ninth season on April 16 (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET), and as the exclusive tease premiered today at the network’s first-ever SXSW panel “Twitter for Tough Guys” shows, the theme is young vs. old. “When you’ve got guys that are hungry, that’s when things get nasty, that’s when the gloves are off,” Sig Hansen says in the tense clip below. “Especially when you’ve got experienced and inexperienced people playing in the same sandbox…. That’s when it’s a war.” READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Defining 'Deadliest Catch'

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Back in April, Discovery's Deadliest Catch returned with a season 8 premiere that also marked the Emmy-winning series' 100th episode. Teasing the season ahead, exec producer Thom Beers reported that we'd see one man go overboard -- at the dock. “The last time that happened it was to Johnathan Hillstrand [in season 4]

,” Beers recalled. “They decided to celebrate Halloween early because they’d be at sea, and Johnathan was pretty hammered. One of the crewmen was dressed as Spider-Man, and Johnathan says, ‘All I remember was Spider-Man reaching down and pulling me out of the ocean.’ Just the insanity of it,” he said, laughing. “When this show is really working, it reminds me of that scene in Apocalypse Now, when the bullets and fireworks are going off and it’s completely insane and Martin Sheen says, ‘Who’s the commanding officer here?’ and the guy looks at him and says, ‘Ain’t it you?’ When this show’s working, you have no idea who’s in charge.” While Season 8 had its share of serious drama — remember this greenhorn medical emergency on the Wizard — we seized the opportunity to have Beers name the five moments that defined the show over the years.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage. READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch': Jake Anderson searches for closure on father's disappearance -- VIDEO

In January 2010, the father of Northwestern deckhand Jake Anderson went missing in Washington state. Deadliest Catch viewers have watched him work through the heartache, and in Tuesday’s episode, they’ll watch him return to the site where his father’s truck was found.

The timing of the episode is chilling: News just broke that remains discovered by a hiker about a mile away from that location have been identified as Dr. Keith Anderson’s. Watch an emotional clip below.

Jake talks about the jealousy he felt for the Harris brothers, who were able to bury the ashes of their father, Capt. Phil Harris, at sea. He also speaks about the moment he came to believe someone had murdered his father (“And that was the last time I cried….”), how everything he does now is to make his father proud, and how he’d never stop wanting closure. Discovery will add a title card with an update when the episode airs.  READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch': Coast Guard medevac on the Wizard -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

On last week’s Deadliest Catch, viewers watched as Wizard greenhorn Chris Scambler went into convulsions in the gear room and Capt. Keith Colburn made the decision to call the Coast Guard. In Tuesday’s episode (Discovery, 9 p.m. ET), we’ll see the actual rescue. Watch an exclusive preview below. “We train and we drill — we do all kinds of things for man overboard, abandon ship, fire drills, oil spill response drills, it goes on and on and on. We do them all the time. We don’t have a drill for evacuating a guy off the boat,” Colburn tells EW. “My guys stepped right in and did exactly what they needed to do from the second that Chris collapsed to the moment he was lifted off the boat and out of our control. I can’t tell you enough what a great group of guys I have on my boat. To face an emergency of that caliber, to have everybody totally focused on the objective and getting it done, as a captain, it made me really proud. And hopefully, the show shows it.”  READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch': Greenhorn medical emergency on the Wizard -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last week on Discovery’s Deadliest Catch, viewers met Chris Scambler, a young dad who took a job on the Wizard to provide for his family despite the fact that he’d never seen the ocean before, let alone the Bering Sea in a storm. Halfway through his first shift, he told Capt. Keith Colburn that he was “terrified” and the job wasn’t for him. Colburn, having seen countless exhausted greenhorns come into his wheelhouse and threaten to quit, asked Chris if that’s the example he wanted to set for his daughters. Chris, to his credit, went back on deck. But in the next two weeks, we’ll see the dramatic turn his story takes. In Tuesday’s episode, he goes into convulsions, which the crew assumes is from severe dehydration. “They have a lot of footage of what happened, if they play it exactly the way it occurred, you’ll see, it’s like one second the deck is working fine — everyone is movin’ and grovin’ and doin’ what they’re doin’ — and the next second, I see Chris and my deck boss Soper waving at me in the window, and I could just tell something was wrong,” Colburn tells EW. “I said, ‘Bring him in the gear room,’ which is about a 50-foot walk from the deck into the house of the Wizard. I ran down to the gear room, and by the time I got there, he was already on his back, going into convulsions. It happened that quickly.” Watch exclusive clips below.

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