Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 22nd, 2010
I know that Cryptomundians are waiting with “baited” breath for word on when and where this much discussed footage will be shown.
John Kirk offered here on Cryptomundo that the footage was to air on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.
Is that now in jeopardy with this latest news?
Cryptomundo reader ksu4 tipped me off to the following story.
Most reality TV producers follow a simple format: Capture what happens, and then have cast-members fill in story gaps with voice-overs and cutaways. But what to do when reality TV stars jump ship before sitting down for the required interviews?
Sue them, of course.
Discovery is seeking $3 million in damages after two stars of “Deadliest Catch,” Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand, allegedly failed to live up to an agreement to complete a spin-off project.
According to the breach-of-contract lawsuit, filed last week in Maryland Circuit Court, the Hillstrands were to film a one-time special called “Hillstranded.” The duo was coming off five seasons of “Deadliest Catch,” one of the most popular programs on any Discovery-affiliated network. The special was to document the team’s various adventures in Alaska; work unrelated to their jobs as crab fisherman. Two weeks of principal photography was shot in June, but there was still work to do.
“The Hillstrand Defendants determined that they would reverse course, dishonor their promises, and refuse to render the services necessary to complete ‘Hillstranded,’” reads the complaint.
At the end of August, Discovery allegedly called the brothers to confirm a date, time and location for them to sit for interviews. The complaint says the only response was an e-mail from a lawyer for the brothers informing producers that they shouldn’t attempt any further contact with them.
Discovery argues that the failure by Hillstrands to complete work has caused production on the show to remain uncompleted. The company says that the show would have earned significant ratings and that it has suffered substantial losses as a result.Eriq Gardner
Read the remainder of the article here: Discovery sues Deadliest Catch duo for $3 million.
Was this one-time special called “Hillstranded” to be the venue for the showing of this footage?
Is it now tied up in litigation, causing the airing of said footage to be delayed indefinitely?