or


[01/13/05 - 12:00 AM]
Discovery Channel Embarks on Death-Defying Mission in Deadliest Catch

[via press release from Discovery]

Discovery Channel Embarks on Death-Defying Mission in DEADLIEST CATCH

- Alaskan Crab-Wranglers Encounter Most Dangerous Working Conditions in New 10-Part Series Premiering in April -

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 13 -- Forty-foot waves. Eighty mile-per-hour winds. Seven-hundred-pound crab pots slamming against the deck. A nearly 100% injury rate. But a bounty big enough to drive mere mortals to this treacherous work year after year. It's the world's deadliest job -- where a man could die every week -- the most macho of manly occupations: the Alaskan crab fisherman. In April, Discovery Channel premieres a new 10-part series, featuring the wild and treacherous life of the crab fisherman in DEADLIEST CATCH.

Deep in the frigid waters of the Bering Sea lurks one of the most sought after prizes in the world, the highly coveted and lucrative Alaska King Crab. Each year, a fleet of 250+ boats spreads out across the sea, awaiting the official harvesting season. It could be four days in length or as many as twelve. Yet these rogue fishermen won't know until the voice of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game crackles across their radios to announce the beginning and end of the race. This uncertainty results in crewmembers pulling 20-hour shifts in sub-freezing weather, exposed to the harsh elements on a slick deck pitching to and fro. The harried, exhausted crew pursues only one purpose: catching as many King Crabs as possible before the season authorities come back over the radio, and the season abruptly ends.

This dramatic ten-part series will document the end of an era -- what veteran crab fishermen are calling "The Last Rodeo." Because many believe this race against the clock contributes to the high injury and mortality rate, the frenzied world of crab fishing as they have always known it will soon change forever. After this year, Alaskan authorities will eliminate the traditional time element from crab fishing. A simple, slowed down seasonal quota system will go into effect and the ticking clock of crab fishing will be silenced. DEADLIEST CATCH takes viewers on one last voyage during the final perilously abbreviated season.

Why do men risk life and limb every season? Perhaps it's because crab fishing in the Bering Sea is thought to be one of the last great gold rushes on earth. In a good year, an experienced deck hand working a short eight-week period can bring home almost $50,000. But the potential to make big money fast brings with it an all too often tragic consequence: crushed fingers, crippled hands, cracked ribs, broken feet and even men overboard. Those are on-the-job hazards where death is more common than in any other occupation in the world.

DEADLIEST CATCH is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions. Thom Beers is executive producer. For Discovery Channel, David McKillop is executive producer.

Discovery Channel is the United States' largest cable television network, serving 89.6 million households across the nation with the finest in informative entertainment. Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., operates and manages Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, the Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, Discovery en Espanol and FitTV. The unit also distributes BBC America.

SOURCE Discovery Channel
Web Site: http://www.discovery.com





  [january 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[01/26/15 - 10:04 AM]
"Chain Reaction" Returns to GSN - 40 New Episodes of the Popular Word Association Game to Launch in 2015
This marks the first new episodes of the series since 2007.

[01/26/15 - 10:02 AM]
Donald Trump to Announce Winner of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" on Live Two-Hour Telecast, Monday, Feb. 16 at 8 P.M.
Plus: look for "The Celebrity Apprentice: Top Feuds, Firings and Fails" on Monday, February 9 at 8:00/7:00c.

[01/26/15 - 10:01 AM]
David Tennant Joins "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones" for Netflix
He'll play the villainous Kilgrave, an enigmatic figure from Jessica's past, in the project.

[01/26/15 - 09:45 AM]
"The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," Groundbreaking New Series Unraveling One of the Most Notorious Unsolved Crimes in New York History, Debuts Feb. 8, Exclusively on HBO
Other episodes of "The Jinx" debut subsequent Sundays at the same time through March 15.

[01/26/15 - 09:11 AM]
Nat Geo WILD's Fully Inflated "Fish Bowl II" Set for Super Bowl Sunday
This year Goldie is taking her show on the road, heading to a farm with a clownfish friend to visit some of Dr. Pol's closest animal pals.

[01/26/15 - 09:02 AM]
Carrie Underwood to Perform Special "Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight" Feb. 1 on NBC
"I'm so honored to again be a part of the Super Bowl, this time joining NBC Sports in helping kick everything off! I can't wait to watch the game!" said Underwood.

[01/26/15 - 09:01 AM]
Will Ferrell & Kevin Hart to Appear & Ariana Grande to Perform Live on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Feb. 1 Post-Super Bowl Show
Michael Keaton, Gwen Stefani, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Young, Vin Diesel, Carl Reiner, Will Smith, Rosamund Pike and Jack White are among the scheduled guests to follow that week.

[01/26/15 - 09:01 AM]
The "50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" Will Be Extended by a Half-Hour in Celebration of Its Golden Anniversary, Sunday, April 19 on CBS
As previously announced, ACM Award winners Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host this super-sized night of incredible country music performances.

[01/26/15 - 08:48 AM]
"The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant" Earned the Event's Top 18-49 Score Since August 23, 2009 and Was the Most-Watched Since July 23, 2006
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, January 25.

[01/26/15 - 08:35 AM]
School's Out for Ten Skilled Cooks Battling for Grand Prize in New Food Network Series "All-Star Academy"
Ted Allen hosts the series with Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon serving as judges.

[01/26/15 - 08:30 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Miss Universe Pageant" Powers NBC to Demo Victory
Plus: CBS leads the night among total viewers.

[01/26/15 - 08:03 AM]
NBC Sports Group Adds Hall of Fame Driver Dale Jarrett to NASCAR Broadcast Team
He'll serve as a pre- and post-race analyst during live coverage of select NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series racing on NBC and NBCSN.

[01/26/15 - 07:36 AM]
"Super" Weekend Features First-Place Chelsea Hosting Second-Place Man City This Sat. at 12:30 PM ET on NBC; Live On-Site Studio Coverage from Arizona
Rebecca Lowe will host the show beginning at 7 a.m. ET on Saturday, and continuing throughout the weekend.

[01/26/15 - 07:32 AM]
FOX NASCAR Commences 15th Year with Expanded Coverage Including NASCAR Xfinity Series
Mike Joy, Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds, the original FOX Sports broadcast team which began its NASCAR run at the 2001 Daytona 500, return to the booth for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on FOX and FOX Sports 1.

[01/26/15 - 07:01 AM]
Frisky Turns Felonious On Investigation Discovery's New Series - "Sex Sent Me to the Slammer" Premiering February 6
Look for back-to-back half-hour episodes on Friday nights at 10:00/9:00c.