‘Deadliest Catch‘ enjoyed its best ratings ever when it returned for its sixth season April 13. No doubt interest was piqued after one of its stars, Captain Phil Harris, died last February, creating both sadness and uncertainty over how the series would handle the loss of its most colorful characters.
Now, as we reported several months ago, it’s clear that ‘Deadliest Catch’ is going to show the season as it unfolded, including Harris’ tragic illness, starting with a massive stroke January 29, 2010 that put the hardy seaman into the hospital, where he implored the camera to keep rolling until just before his death less than two weeks later.
What is not on camera are the continuing struggles of his two boys, Jake and Josh. Shortly after Harris’ passing, Jake found himself sitting in jail, charged with a DUI, and just this week a bench warrant was issued after he failed to show for his hearing. “We are staying contact with Phil’s boys quite often and I don’t think they’ve fully adjusted yet, ” Capt. Sig Hansen told People magazine. “They’ve gone through their ups and downs, obviously. but they’ve got a long way to go.”
A memorial service has been set for April 30 in Seattle, Washington. Both of Harris’ boys will be present, as will his crab-fishing colleagues.
The memorial will be streamed live here on Fancast.com at 6:30pm PST on Friday, April 30. Check back for details.