Exclusive clip: A first glimpse of ‘Deadliest Catch”s new season

Just as the weather is warming up in much of the U.S., it's time time to start gearing up for the frigid, dangerous waters of “Deadliest Catch.” The 10th season of the show begins next month (Tues. April 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET), and this first look at what's ahead suggests more danger, familiar faces, and a government shutdown.

Josh Harris, the son of the late Captain Phil Harris, is back as captain and owner of his father”s boat the Cornelia Marie.  But will he be able to continue his dad”s legacy and create one of his own?

There are also big changes on the horizon for the F/V Northwestern.  Embarking on her right of passage, Sig Hansen”s 18-year-old daughter Mandy joins the ranks as deckhand.  In a profession typically dominated by men, Mandy has a lot to prove.  But can Sig treat her just like one of the crew?  Or will his tendency to over protect get in her way of success?

In the first episode, opening season comes and goes as the captains have been grounded by of all things — politics.  For the first time in nearly two decades, a government shutdown brings Washington, D.C., to a screeching halt with its far-reaching effects going well beyond the Beltway.

Eventually the shutdown ends, but it”s just the beginning for the captains.  Up against a ticking clock of a shortened season, a late start means greater competition than ever before.  With a deadline to offload looming and millions of dollars on the line, the captains must lay down the hammer and fish through treacherous weather in hopes of catching their crab on time.  With less time and their income at stake, how much can they push their crews before major injury – or even death – strikes?

With the stakes greater than ever, it isn”t long before drama hits the Bering Sea.  A boat goes up in flames; another runs aground while many more earn record-breaking profits. When the smoke clears, one captain finds himself in rehab and another wakes up in a hospital. 

To catch up on all the drama, Discovery will air a special recap episode of “Deadliest Catch” beginning at 9:00 p.m. ETon Tues. April 15.  Also returning this season is “The Bait,” a series of one-hour pre-game shows, beginning at 8:00 p.m. on April 22.  “The Bait” will give an inside look at the episode ahead from the captains. They”ll talk fishing, drama and what to expect on that night”s episode of the show.

Are you excited for the return of “Deadliest Catch”?

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