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Capt. Phil Harris's sons on board for "Deadliest Catch" 7th season

*Less than a week after captains Johnathan Hillstrand, Andy Hillstrand, and Sig Hansen said in a joint statement they were "unfortunately" unable to continue to participate in the Discovery Channel hit reality series "Deadliest Catch," owing to a "situation with Discovery," the cable network sent reporters some Hillstrand-and-Hansen-less details about filming of the show's seventh season.

In round figures, the Silver Spring-based network announced that the crab fishing vessel led by the late Captain Phil Harris would return with Josh and Jake Harris on board, joined by Captain Derrick Ray, who stepped in as relief skipper after Captain Phil's stroke. Steve Ward is encoring as engineer, and deckhands Freddie Maughtai and Ryan Simpson will round out the happy crew.

No mention was made of the three crustacean trawlers who had implied in last week's statement that their decision came in response to a lawsuit Discovery had filed earlier this month in Maryland against the Hillstrand brothers. Discovery claimed the brothers had not shown up to finish work on a special, which was an apparent backdoor pilot for a "Deadliest Catch" spin-off called "Hillstranded," which was to have followed the brothers on shore leave in Alaska.

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 4, 2010; 6:57 PM ET
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