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'Deadliest Catch' pays tribute to Capt. Phil Harris

phil-harris-deadliest-catchImage Credit: Blair Bunting/Getty ImagesThe Discovery Channel announced today that it will air a series of specials that’ll pay tribute to Captain Phil Harris, the beloved star of Deadliest Catch who died Feb. 9 after suffering a stroke while off-loading his crab fishing vessel Cornelia Marie in Alaska. The show will begin addressing the captain’s death on June 22 while the July 13 episode “After the Catch” will include a tribute to Harris. Additionally, Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered will bow July 20 and feature one-on-one interviews with fellow captains and Phil’s sons, Josh and Jake.

“Captain Phil was a father, fisherman, funny man and, most importantly for fans worldwide, a friend.  We celebrate his life and all those he has touched through Deadliest Catch,” said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, in a statement.  “I wish this would never have been a storyline of the series, but I am proud of the heart and emotion we have worked so hard to put into these very special episodes as a tribute to Phil.”

For the last 10 weeks, Deadliest Catch has been the No. 1 program in all of cable on Tuesday nights among persons (an average 3.7 million) and men 25-54 (1.4 million).  It’s up double digits over last season and has won every Tuesday since returning to the schedule on April 13.

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Originally posted June 16 2010 — 10:53 AM EDT

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