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For those who have been dying to know, Deadliest Catch season 5 premieres Tuesday, April 14, at 9 p.m. E/P.
If this seems an odd thing for me to scream from the rooftops, let me explain. Back in December I wrote a post called Deadliest Catch Ramps Up For Season 5. Even since that post went up, I have been swamped with search engine traffic of people looking to find out when the new season would be starting. Well, just tonight, the official blog of the series announced the date: Tuesday, April 14, at 9 p.m. E/P.
They also announced what crab boats were in this season, something I had speculated on in that same post, and there were a couple surprises.
Cornelia Marie – After the health scares for Capt. Phil Harris in season 4, it was uncertain if this ship would return this year, but, sure enough, here they are. Shall we predict the number of engine problems now?
Northwestern – Was there ever any real doubt that Sig Hansen and Edgar Hansen would be back this year? I predict at some point in the season, Matt, the surly deckhand, will be… well… surly.
The Wizard – The ship is still captained by Keith Colburn, so I predict 1) fights with his brother and 2) a useless greenhorn.
Time Bandit – Kind of like the Hansen brothers, it’s hard to imagine this show without Andy Hillstrand and Johnathon Hillstrand, co-captains of the Time Bandit.
Lisa Maria – I wrote about the Lisa Maria here. She’s a small boat at only 55 pots, should be interesting.
Trailblazer – Remember in season 3 when the Time Bandit raced to save a deckhand that fell off a boat? That boat was the 133-foot house aft boat, Trailblazer, captained by Wayne Baker.
Early Dawn – There is next to no information on this boat, or Capt. Rick Fehst, but they are gone from the show.
North American – Season 4 was the first, and apparently last, season for this ship, and its captain, Sten Skaar.
I wait all year for this show, so I am excited that we are just weeks away. I love knowing whivh ships to expect, and I’m not sure why we lost the two boats we did, but at least we kept what have kind of become the core group of 4. Although I could do without The Wizard at times. Make sure to tune in and catch Deadliest Catch Season 5!
UPDATE 02/10/10: Capt. Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie has passed away