Saturday, February 18, 2012

Entire Deadliest Catch 'studio' audience missing after rough storm

Rescuers preparing to call search off.
Dutch Harbor, Alaska--Filming was well underway for the new season of the Discovery Channel's hit reality show Deadliest Catch when tragedy abruptly struck. For the upcoming season--the eighth--the network decided to add a live audience to "change things up." On Thursday, a nasty storm in the Bering Sea capsized the barge carrying the audience and no bodies have been found. "Though the show is not filmed in a studio we still referred to the audience as our studio audience," said executive producer of the show Gregory Callahan, wiping away tears. "I'm sick to my stomach about the whole thing. Having an audience out on open water was my idea ... I'm just sick about it." The show purchased a new barge and a local nautical company retrofitted it with bleachers to hold 350 audience members. The "Bleacher Barge" was towed by a large tug boat that followed one designated crabbing boat for a week. When asked where the audience was expected to sleep Callahan explained that not all the details had been worked out yet.

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