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'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

Shark Week promo: There's a reason it's not called Seal Week -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Discovery doesn’t kick off its 26th annual Shark Week until Aug. 4, but we have your first look at the promo now. We think you can tell from the picture where this is headed… READ FULL STORY

Discovery's 'North America': How you film brawling bison -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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On Sunday, Discovery wraps its North America series with two final installments: North America: Revealed, the making-of hour, at 9 p.m. ET, followed by North America: Top 10, a countdown of viewers’ top destinations on the continent as voted on Facebook. As fans of these kind of Discovery series know, the behind-the-scenes installment is always the most fascinating because you’re watching both the animal behavior or natural phenomenon and what the crews went through to capture it. In the case of North America, that involved visiting eight countries and nearly 30 U.S. states for more than 2,800 days in the field, going head-to-head with Hurricane Irene, and, as you’ll see in our exclusive clip below, using an ATV to film — and flee — brawling bison. READ FULL STORY

Discovery's 'North America': Don't piss off a woodpecker -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Last Sunday, Discovery’s latest seven-part series North America debuted to 3.4 million viewers, making it the night’s second-highest rated cable show behind Game of Thrones). If it’s battles you want to see, narrator Tom Selleck talks you through a few in the next hour, “Learn Young or Die” (May 26, 9 p.m. ET), including one between an OCD woodpecker and a hungry squirrel. Watch it 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

Discovery goes NAKED for two new survival series

This makes us miss Bear Grylls… Among the new shows Discovery will announce later today at its Upfront presentation to advertisers in New York are two survival series in which clothing is not included. Each episode of Naked and Afraid will strand a new pair of strangers in one of the world’s harshest environments with no food, no water, no tools, and no clothes. “As their extreme survival skills are put to the test for 21 days, each couple must battle the elements, each other, and their own inner weakness to triumph over the terrain and their predicament,” the press release promises. Naked Castaway, meanwhile, will strand Ed Stafford, the first person ever to walk the length of the Amazon River, for 60 days on the desert island of Olorua near Fiji with the same provisions — nothing.

Discovery’s slate also include its first-ever scripted mini-series Klondike, based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike, as well as the legitimately must-see live special Wallenda Live. Per the announcement: “Nik Wallenda, known as ‘The King of the High Wire,’ will traverse the majestic Grand Canyon without using a harness. Wallenda will tightrope walk, untethered, higher than he’s ever attempted before at 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River, a height greater than the Empire State Building.”

The full list of programming is below.

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Tom Selleck to narrate Discovery's 'North America' series -- EXCLUSIVE

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Discovery has dubbed Tom Selleck the voice of North America, its next epic seven-part series premiering May 19. “I’ve been a fan of Discovery’s nature programming for years, and I am truly honored to be narrating their next great series. I think people will be captivated by North America,” Selleck said in the announcement. For Discovery’s first independently-produced natural history series, crews traveled the continent for more than three years. The “Making Of” episode chronicling the production team’s challenges will show how they battled Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters. Never-before-seen sequences in the series include grizzly bears diving in more than 20 feet of water to grab salmon in Alaska and the elusive desert jaguar in Mexico.

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'Bering Sea Gold' loses one of its own -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The title of tonight’s episode of Discovery’s Bering Sea Gold is “Gold Stress,” the term those who dredge the bottom of the Bering Sea for treasure use to describe what they feel when they’re coming up empty. As the show’s executive producer David Pritikin describes it, it’s a high stakes world with all alpha characters chasing a wish-fulfillment dream in the seas near Nome, Alaska, where life itself isn’t easy. That’s never been more clear than in this hour, which, as you can see in the clip below, takes a tragic turn when deckhand John Bunce, lovingly remembered here, takes his own life. “Without knowing deep into John’s psyche or the problems that he may have been having, Nome is a depressing place at times for some because it’s cold, it’s harsh, it’s difficult,” Pritikin says. “[Bunce's best friend] Zeke Tenhoff did mention earlier and throughout the series that John lives his life in extremes, which many of the people do in Nome and on the show. One of his demons, Zeke mentioned, was alcohol.”

Cameras were not with Bunce at the time, and in the aftermath, which will be shown next week, the crew — from Deadliest Catch producer Thom Beers’ Original Productions — didn’t film anyone who didn’t want to be filmed and waited for those closest to him, Zeke and Emily Riedel, to be ready to talk. “This is real life, and it took all the wind out of their sails. Their motivation was gone. They were angry at first. It was a very difficult time,” Pritikin says. Watch the exclusive clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Gold Rush' executive producer Christo Doyle on huge changes ahead in Season 4 -- EXCLUSIVE

The third season of Discovery’s smash series Gold Rush, which has been averaging 4.85 million viewers (P2+) and winning the cable race on Fridays, wrapped up tonight with a live two-hour finale that may or may not have set a record for use of the word “smelting.” Discovery has confirmed to EW that the show will definitely be back for a fourth season, so it makes sense that tonight’s finale contained its very own mother lode of bombshells to keep viewers interested while it is away.

Sure, we got the gold totals — the Hoffman/Turin crew took home 803 oz. of gold, worth $1.28 million, while Parker and Fred’s smaller teams found 191 oz. and 163 oz., respectively. Not too shabby! Remember in Season 1 when no one even made it to 20 oz.?!

But the biggest revelations of the night were all about the future. Viewers learned that Todd Hoffman has been prospecting for gold “down South,” and that he may not be returning to the Klondike at all. Plus, we learned that Dakota Fred plans on mining a new, almost-impossible-to-access glacial claim, and that Parker Schnabel has been planning a whole new adventure with Tony Beets. But what do all these developments mean for the future of the show? We talked to Gold Rush executive producer Christo Doyle to get the scoop on what to expect in Season 4.

Here’s what’s happening with the leader of each crew:

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“Todd has had a rough go of it this year,” claims Doyle. “As a result, he has decided that he is going to look at South America.” That’s right, the show that was once called Gold Rush Alaska is about to get a whole lot more international. “Todd is taking a trip that will be captured in an off-season run of episodes we’re calling Gold Rush: The Off-Season,” explains Doyle. “There will be six episodes there in the summer, and it will be Todd and crew prospecting in three different countries looking for a spot that he thinks holds more gold.”

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Discovery's 'ARGO: Inside Story' shows Scotch saving the day -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

In honor of Argo‘s seven nominations at Sunday’s Oscars, Discovery has updated its 2002 special produced by Craig Piligian on Tony Mendez’s covert mission to help rescue six Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis and will air ARGO: Inside Story, now narrated by Argo star Bryan Cranston, on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET and Sunday at noon ET. Watch an exclusive clip below to see how a bottle of Scotch came in handy when Mendez was forging documents in the office of the Canadian Ambassador. Reenactment!

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