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'Deadliest Catch' again proves man vs. nature is the best reality show -- VIDEO

Did you get queasy watching this week’s storm-filled episode of Deadliest Catch? You are not alone.

The hour showed the fleet battling winds strong enough — and waves high enough — to ultimately make the captains shut down fishing. At one point, the Northwestern lost the only forward-facing light it had working and the deck went dark. I talked anxiously to my TV: “Are guys still out there?” Big waves are dangerous when you can see them coming. And when you can’t? It reminded me of something exec producer Thom Beers once told me about why TV viewers were drawn to the Bering Sea in the first place: “The show looked different than any other show on television…. You’ve got those bright yellow sodium lights that are just poppin’ on the orange and yellow slickers that the fishermen are wearing. The light tapers off, and it goes into this black, black ocean, the darkest of all abysses. When people were tuning in, they said, ‘Woah, what’s this?’ It tapped into that primal instinct of fight or flight.” Watch the “Lights out” clip below.  READ FULL STORY

Memorial Day weekend TV marathons: An A to Z guide

Hopefully you’ll get to spend plenty of time outdoors this weekend, soaking up the sun. But if rain (or laziness) keeps you inside, we’ve compiled the TV marathons playing this weekend to keep you occupied! Enjoy! READ FULL STORY

Summer TV Awards: Your nominations wanted!

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Feeling guilty over the amount of time you’ve spent indoors watching TV since May? Here’s your vindication: Our first annual Summer TV Awards. Help us celebrate the good and call out the bad. Copy and paste the list of categories below into a comment and write in your nominations. Come back tomorrow afternoon when the official nominations are announced and the polls open!

UPDATE: The polls are now open! (And thank you for your patience with the comments not always publishing. We’re looking into it.)

And the categories are… READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' recap: Derrick allegedly smells weed on Jake, and everyone's luck continues to suck

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If you thought Jake Harris taking the wheel of the Cornelia Marie for a string of pots was the turning point in an otherwise gloomy season of Deadliest Catch, you must not have watched the end of last night’s episode. Jake went up to the wheelhouse to take a second turn, and Capt. Derrick calmly sent him back down to the deck. After the crew sorted their best pot of the season — 33 blue crab — we found out why: “I could smell frickin’ weed on Jake when I came up next to him,” Derrick told the camera. “You give the kid an opportunity to come up here and lean how to drive, and he’s still smokin’ dope on the boat. That’s unbelievable. You don’t respect yourself, you don’t respect the f—in’ fact that I came out here to do this for ya. That’s the last time he’s drivin’ the boat. That’s it. I gave his opportunity, he f—in’ blew it.”  READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch': How are we feeling about this season?

We’re now three hours into season 7 of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch, and I’m officially missing the late Capt. Phil Harris. After last season — the final half of which was so moving it made viewers feel sorry for people who weren’t tuning in — it was hard to look at this series as just a TV show. That’s a fact I know to be true. When I joined Time Bandit captain Johnathan Hillstrand in New York last week to live blog the season premiere with his brother Andy and Northwestern captain Sig Hansen, John told me he was afraid new Cornelia Marie captain Derrick Ray would come off as a villain when really, he’s just doing what he needs to do to keep that boat afloat and the boys in line. I found myself telling John that after watching him be there for Josh and Jake Harris last year while their father fought for his life, I wrote that I’d hug him if I ever met him. He told me to do it, and I did. It didn’t feel like hugging someone I’d met five minutes earlier.  READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' season finale recap: A happy ending

deadliest-catchImage Credit: Discovery ChannelThe 2010 Opi season is over. We, the viewers, share the crews’ overriding sentiment: Thank god. I wouldn’t trade the experience of watching these final episodes for anything (unless it meant the event that set them in motion, Phil’s stroke, wouldn’t have happened), but it’s been a workout. I thought I’d finally made it through an hour without tearing up, but the final shot got me: Seagulls, which are said to be the images of sailors gone, chillin’ on the Cornelia Marie. Initially, part of me wished it had just been one seagull, but then I realized Phil would, of course, be surrounded by friends, and it became comforting. Especially with Josh in the wheelhouse. (Anyone else’s stomach sink when the camera jerked to the left earlier in the episode as Josh worked on deck to reveal the relief skipper in Phil’s window above him? If that got to us — as did seeing Josh standing in Phil’s room onboard — just imagine what it was like for him.) READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' recap: Even the behind-the-scenes episode was a tearjerker

phil-harris-deadliest-catchImage Credit: Blair Bunting/Getty ImagesFoolishly, I thought the toughest episodes of Deadliest Catch were behind us, but watching last night’s behind-the-scenes look at the filming of season 6, I actually beat my sofa with a pillow and shouted, “[Creative expletive that it's a shame I can't share] I. Cannot. Take it. I Cannot. Take it.” — on two separate occasions. The first: When we actually saw Capt. Phil Harris write the note to Todd Stanley, the cameraman assigned to the Cornelia Marie, that said, “Got to have the ending to the story.” (In a voiceover at the end of the hour, Stanley admitted that he’d assumed Phil meant to film his miraculous recovery from the stroke, but later realized he wanted him to document the end of his life.) The second: When Stanley returned to the Cornelia Marie to grieve with the crew and absolutely sobbed as he told deckhand Freddie that just that morning, Phil had told him to tell Freddie that he loved him. READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' recap: Phil's passing confuses the captains, and the sea

phil-harris-deadliest-catchImage Credit: Blair Bunting/Getty ImagesThe Bering Sea has always been a character on Deadliest Catch, but last night’s episode took it to another level as we watched it work through the five stages of grief. Unaware of Phil Harris’ final fight, the other captains continued to battle a 1,000 square-mile arctic storm. The Northwestern plowed through 45-ft. waves and 60-mph wind and suddenly looked like a toy in a bathtub. “That’s an angry sea, my friend,” deckhand Nick Mavar, Jr. said. Wind blew in every direction around The Wizard. “We got just this confused sea going on right now,” Capt. Keith said. The sea eventually turned flat calm — three hours after Phil passed. “I just feel weird right now. I don’t feel comfortable,” Andy Hillstrand said in the Time Bandit wheelhouse, where he hadn’t yet received the call from his brother, Johnathan. He looked out at one of his crew atop the cages, the cloud-covered moon shining down on a spookily quiet sea in the background. Forty miles north of the rest of the fleet, Wild Bill and the Kodiak crew worked through -40° weather and a “bizarre” ice fog, a haunting image you wouldn’t believe if you saw it in a movie. READ FULL STORY

Capt. Phil's final episode of 'Deadliest Catch' repeats tonight

phil-harris-deadliest-catch_240.jpg Image Credit: Blair Bunting/Getty ImagesIf you missed Tuesday’s episode of Deadliest Catch, which, with 8.5 million viewers became the third highest-rated Discovery Channel broadcast of all time, you can watch a repeat tonight at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET. We don’t normally feel the need to bring repeats to your attention, but we’ve heard from a number of readers who said they didn’t see Capt. Phil’s final episode but cried reading our recap. You can tell from reading the thoughtful comments left on that post that anyone who’s ever nursed or lost a parent related to what Phil’s boys, particularly Josh, experienced. (I know I paused the episode and cried after Josh’s heart-to-heart with Phil when he assured him that he’d been a good father and admitted that he was trying to be strong and not cry in front of him, then had to leave the room. My father has been battling an illness for nearly five years, and I remember the moment last October that I had to excuse myself to go sob in the bathroom like it was yesterday.)

I haven’t been able to get the final moments, the montage that draws parallels between Phil’s last stand and the fleet’s war with the raging Bering Sea, out of my head. Set to Johnny Cash’s “Redemption Day,” it’s just perfection. As painful as it is to hear that Phil is gone, when you see the Northwestern burst through that wave at 5:45, you’re reminded that Phil, who would have had that same smile as Sig had it been the Cornelia Marie, had really lived. READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' recap: An emotional goodbye to Capt. Phil Harris

phil-harris-deadliest-catchImage Credit: Blair Bunting/Getty ImagesIn all my years watching reality TV, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a moment as real and as achingly beautiful as ailing Phil Harris kissing his hand and putting it to his son Josh’s face, then Josh leaning down to kiss his father’s forehead. That conversation is something that will stick forever with the record 8.5 million viewers who saw it. You want to know why fans have been sobbing through the episodes leading up to Phil’s death — it’s because as much as we thought we related to men who do a job that 99.9 percent of us will never do, we knew they were a breed of their own. When Phil’s story went from the Bering Sea to a hospital room, it packed the punch of a hero falling, of a comedian who suddenly starts to cry. And all at once, we really could relate to him and his boys — especially his boys. We all have, or will, watch someone we love die. We’ll have things we want to say and be afraid to, because we know that saying the words will make us cry, and seeing us as broken as we feel will only bring our loved one more pain and regret. Capt. Phil insisted the cameras keep filming as he recovered from his stroke, because he believed the story needed an ending. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for his boys to watch this episode (Josh told EW yesterday that he’d had an advance copy of it for five days and hadn’t been able to bring himself to play it), but I have to think that having their final heart-to-hearts with their father on-camera will eventually be of comfort to them. They will never need doubt if their memories of those conversations are accurate. Josh will see that he said everything Phil, a man who worried that he hadn’t been a good enough father, needed to hear; Jake will be reminded that his father was proud of him for making that decision to go to a rehab center in Seattle. READ FULL STORY

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