The Deadliest Catch series, which is coming up on season 12 in the spring of 2016, is so successful that a spinoff seemed like a logical (and smart) move. Fishery Nation shared that the new series will be set in what could be considered one of the last remaining fishing towns found along and north of the Oregon coast. This area is well known to locals as the “Graveyard of the Pacific” because of the treacherous and unpredictable weather, distinct coastal features, sandbars, and deadly currents that over the years have caused several shipwrecks.
The current working title of the show is Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove, and will follow dungeness crab fishermen and their families who live in and around Newport, Oregon. Fox News reports that the new Deadliest Catch series, which will premiere in the fall of 2016, will follow five Yaquina Bay fishing vessels when the season opens. With literally millions of dollars at stake, it’s up to each boat to be the fastest to reach their quota and first back to the dock to sell their catch. So far only one photo that may be from the show has surfaced and shows a Captain Garry Ripka standing on his boat, the FV Redeemer.
According to New Wave, Discovery’s executive producer Joseph Boyle said that the network decided that the aspect of racing to catch as many fish as possible as opposed to working with a quota would make for an interesting show.
“It’s every man for yourself,” Boyle said. “They go out there and fish their hearts out.” He also went on to say that “it’s just treachery on the water” and it’s a very, very deadly and dangerous place to fish.
Deadliest Catch is known for the inherent dangers every fishing vessel faces in the Bering Sea. Injuries, accidents, and even death is a real possibility the men could potentially face on every trip. The harshness of the environment and the dangers they face make up a large part of the show’s appeal. From what has been revealed so far concerning this new Deadliest Catch spinoff, the same issues seem to be a prominent concern for the men who fish these waters as well.
Viewers may have noticed recently that there have been a lot of spinoffs of popular Discovery shows. Discovery president Rich Ross apparently likes to produce companion shows, and so far they have been very successful. When Discovery produced an offshoot of Naked and Afraid, it beat out E!’s I am Cait in overall audience in the 25 to 54 age group. Another Discovery show, Street Outlaws, will have its own spinoff titled, Street Outlaws New Orleans. According to Fox News, Ross calls his latest spinoff a natural way to use new storylines and characters to extend the fan favorite Deadliest Catch brand.
Reaching this conclusion was easy since the Deadliest Catch franchise continues to draw high ratings. According to Deadline. In 2015, Deadliest Catch dominated the basic cable landscape on Tuesday nights and averaged 3.6 million viewers. Deadliest Catch won an Emmy for best reality series in 2011, and again in 2014 and 2015 for the best unstructured reality series. Deadliest Catch also has the impressive record in regard to receiving an Emmy for best reality program cinematography every year since 2011. Deadliest Catch premiered on April 12, 2005, and currently airs in over 200 countries. Discovery is undoubtedly hoping the new Deadliest Catch series does just as well.
Original Productions will produce Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove, with Johnny Beechler as the showrunner. Executive producers are Philip D. Segal, Sarah Whalen, and John Gray.
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