Discovery Channel Sues 'Deadliest Catch' Stars for $3 Million


Anyone waiting for a 'Deadliest Catch' spinoff series from Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand might want to adjust their expectations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Discovery Channel is suing the brothers for $3 million, claiming they never completed work on the spinoff show, called 'Hillstranded,' they had agreed to film.


The Discovery Channel argues that the Hillstrands completed two weeks of principal photography for a show about their lives in Alaska, then refused to sit for interviews necessary to complete the project.


In a THR follow-up article, a lawyer for the brothers said in a statement, "The recent actions of Discovery Communications are an astonishing and shameful instance of arrogance and greed run amok ... Three million dollars is exponentially greater than any compensation ever paid to the 'Deadliest Catch' captains, and yet this is the figure Discovery is trying to extort from these men."


The lawyer alleges that the brothers will likely have to declare bankruptcy, fire their crews and sell their boats to pay for the lawsuit.


The lawsuit comes after an enormously successful season of 'Deadliest Catch' that included the death of Captain Phil Harris. According to TVByTheNumbers.com, that episode averages 8.5 million viewers, third highest for any Discovery Channel broadcast, and anchored strong ratings for the series in general.


The Discovery Channel argues the spinoff would have gotten high ratings, and there's no doubt the company was counting on buzz from the latest season of 'Deadliest Catch' to propel 'Hillstranded.'


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