Discovery Channel was in a quandary when Captain Phil Harris, a star of its documentary show "Deadliest Catch," died suddenly in February after a stroke, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.
But the network has now decided the best way to continue would be to devote essentially the remainder of the season to him, by including never-before-seen footage of him and remembrances from his crew.
The show has been pulling in higher ratings during its sixth season, with the April debut drawing 4.6 million viewers, its biggest audience ever, the article says. On Tuesday, Discovery will air an episode that includes Harris’ stroke while offloading snow crabs with his crew, and later episodes will revolve around his death at an Alaska hospital and a celebration of his life by his crew. The article says a dedicated special called "Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered" will air on July 20.