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The End of Captain Phil Harris on 'Deadliest Catch' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 14th 2010 12:05AM
The End of Captain Phil Harris on 'Deadliest Catch'We all knew that it was coming to this. But it remains a bit shocking, nonetheless. Captain Phil Harris passed away on February 9, 2010. But 'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery), the reality show which chronicled his exploits, has taken some time to cover his final days. This is due, of course, to the natural lag in time between real life and television production. And for the record, Captain Phil himself requested that the cameras keep on rolling -- even when he was lying in his hospital bed.

On this episode, Phil says farewell to his sons Josh and Jake Harris. Or rather -- they say goodbye to him.

While lying on his deathbed, Captain Phil apologizes to son Josh for not being a better dad. Josh simply replies that Phil could not have been a better dad, and tells his father that he loves him. Although Josh does not want to cry around his father, he eventually breaks down into tears.

Meanwhile, Phil's other son Jake has checked himself into a drug treatment center, in order to get help for substance abuse. So he is away when his father dies, and Josh has to call him with the news. "I don't know how to tell you this, Jake," he says. " ... We lost dad."

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Death on 'Deadliest Catch' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 23rd 2010 2:05AM

Death on 'Deadliest Catch'Reality TV has existed in America for several decades now. But there comes a time when we have to ask -- what is appropriate for television and what isn't?

The latest episode of 'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery) follows the death of Captain Phil Harris. He suffers a stroke on the show, which leads to his death a little more than a week later. The camera watches the panicked reactions of his son and the ship's crew members, as they attempt to revive him. Eventually, Phil has to be lifted off the boat in a stretcher, in order to be taken to the hospital.

We have to ask -- is this even something that should be shown on TV? Is this necessary? It all seems to be in very bad taste.

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Discovery Channel to Honor Captain Phil Harris

by Rich Keller, posted Jun 16th 2010 1:40PM
Discovery Chennel will honor Captain Phil Harris of 'Deadliest Catch' with a series of specialsFour months after the untimely death of 'Deadliest Catch' star Captain Phil Harris, Discovery Channel has announced a series of specials that will honor the fishing boat commander.

According to Hollywood Insider, the June 22 episode of 'Deadliest Catch,' titled 'Blown Off Course,' will be the first to address Harris' death. That will be followed by a tribute to the captain on the July 13 installment of 'After the Catch.'

One week later, Discovery Channel will premiere 'Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered,' featuring one-on-one interviews with Harris' sons, Josh and Jake, as well as the other fishing boat captains from the show.

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New 'Deadliest Catch' Promo Features Captain Phil Harris

by Chris Jordan, posted Apr 6th 2010 6:00PM
The upcoming sixth season of 'Deadliest Catch,' which premieres Tue., April 13 at 9PM ET, looks to be a bittersweet affair.

A new promo features deceased Captain Phil Harris and close-ups of the rugged features of crew members from the crabbing boats of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The spot is filmed in sepia tones while Eddie Vedder's reflective ballad, 'Rise,' plays in the background.

This will be the last season with Harris. The tough-as-nails fishing boat captain of Cornelia Marie suffered a massive stroke Jan. 29 while in port off-loading at St. Paul Island, Alaska and died.

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