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Discovery to pay tribute to ‘Deadliest Catch’ captain

Discovery Channel has announced it will premiere tributes to the late Captain Phil Harris, star of The Deadliest Catch, who passed away after a stroke in February. Beginning on June 22, episodes of The Deadliest Catch will follow Harris as he suffers a stroke and the ensuing medical treatment he receives at a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. The series follows Harris' sons and his coworkers rallying around his bedside until Harris gives up the battle. Following that episode, Discovery will run After the Catch on July 13, where Harris is remembered. The captain will receive another tribute, Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered on July 20, which will be a one-hour special looking at Harris' life. The special will include interviews with fellow captains and crew, memorable moments from the past six season and never-before-seen footage, as well as Harris' public memorial service. In a statement, Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel and Science Channel said, '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.'
June 16, 2010

Discovery Channel has announced it will premiere tributes to the late Captain Phil Harris, star of The Deadliest Catch, who passed away after a stroke in February. Beginning on June 22, episodes of The Deadliest Catch will follow Harris as he suffers a stroke and the ensuing medical treatment he receives at a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. The series follows Harris’ sons and his coworkers rallying around his bedside until Harris gives up the battle. Following that episode, Discovery will run After the Catch on July 13, where Harris is remembered. The captain will receive another tribute, Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered on July 20, which will be a one-hour special looking at Harris’ life. The special will include interviews with fellow captains and crew, memorable moments from the past six season and never-before-seen footage, as well as Harris’ public memorial service. In a statement, Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel and Science Channel said, ‘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.’

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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