'Deadliest Catch': Discovery to air spin-off in fall 2016
Deadliest Catch is staking out new waters.
Discovery announced on Friday that the popular reality series that follows fishermen in the Bering Sea on the hunt for crab will spawn a spin-off series that will air in fall 2016.
The tentatively titled Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove is set south of Alaska in Newport, Oregon, one of the last fishing towns in the “Graveyard of the Pacific,” which spans from Oregon to British Columbia. The show aims to tell the stories of fishermen in search of dungeoness crab who are braving the dangers of sandbars and powerful currents that have claimed many boats and lives. In addition to depicting life on board these vessels, the show will chronicle the lives of their families in Newport, many of whom have lived here for generations.
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“Millions of dollars are up for grab in one of the last derby-style fisheries in the world, where it pays to be the fastest boat on the crab, and the first boat back to the dock to sell,” reads the network’s description of the show. “But this Wild West fishing style comes at a steep price. The sea here gives life, and takes it, in equal measure.”
There’s clearly strength in the franchise: Deadliest Catch, which launched in 2005, remains a stellar ratings performer, and has claimed 16 Emmys over its 11 seasons.
“Deadliest Catch is one of the most iconic and highly-regarded series on television,” said Discovery Channel Group President Rich Ross said in a statement. “This is an opportunity to extend the franchise with new storylines and characters.”
Johnny Beechler (Deadliest Catch, Ax Men)will serve as showrunner.