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Airing Of Alaska Cadborosaurus Footage On Hold?

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?

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


3 Responses to “Airing Of Alaska Cadborosaurus Footage On Hold?”

  1. wuffing responds:

    There seems to be a pretty poor match between the original story of “The footage was obtained [no later than May 2009 when it was viewed by John Kirk] by a Washington state fishing boat captain (his name is known to myself and other cryptozoological investigators who have looked at the footage) who fishes in Alaskan waters in the summer. He and his two sons were on the deck of their boat when they noticed a herd of dark coloured creatures with serrated backs being chased down a channel by a pod of beluga whales. They were stunned to see these animals as they resembled no known animal they had ever seen in their years of fishing. One of the sons had the presence of mind to go below deck and grab a video camera to film the spectacle before them. “…..

    ….and “Principal footage was recorded in June [2010] and the brothers were to sit for interviews in August [2010]

    It doesn’t sound like the same story from what I can read. Maybe the “15 Caddies” story is on hold for other reasons; perhaps it conflicts with the requirements of a “reality show”, like not enough reality?

    :-)

  2. ksu4 responds:

    There was never any claim that the Hillstrands shot the footage. I believe the story was that the producers were going to have them go out looking for the animals.

  3. Steleheart responds:

    I suppose that I lost track somewhere but I thought this was the 15 caddies story. Is it possible they are pursuing some better venue and there is hope that this footage will soon be out there for more serious analysis?

    Then again I have been known to fly my kite in the rain.



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