For the 2nd consecutive year, Doug Stanley–one of the “Deadliest Catch” directors of photography–has been nominated for an Emmy award. His brother Todd is also nominated along with three other camera operators for the Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming category. Altogether, “Deadliest Catch” has been nominated for 4 Emmy awards.
Nothing against “Planet Earth” and other amazing Discovery series, but none of them are quite as unique as “Deadliest Catch”. I mean, when has anyone seen a show similiar to it on television before? It’s completely in its own class. It’s reality tv at a new level…While shows like Survivor are based on a type of “fabricated” reality, “Deadliest Catch” is based on the truth…nothing but the truth. Those fishermen were catching crab long before they were filmed and they’ll probably continue doing so until they choose to retire.
Another piece of supporting evidence that proves “Deadliest Catch” is now overdue for a few emmys, is how the show has lead to so many other projects for Original Productions. One of them that we’ve seen,”Ice Road Truckers”, is now billed as the most successful show ever to grace the History channel. Tonight, we can view the season premier of “Lobster Wars”, yet another Deadliest Catch-influenced series. And there’s more in the works such as a show about drilling for black gold–oil, and another about loggers called “Timber World”. Deadliest Catch is the “American Idol” of cable tv!
“Deadliest Catch” has done wonders for the Original Production crew that has been with the show since the beginning. In a recent interview, Doug Stanley mentioned that the success of the show has brought many opportunities for him…
“Before “Deadliest Catch,” he’d been behind the camera for events like the O.J. Simpson trial, building up a resume for going places others wouldn’t and keeping the camera running when others would put it down. “Deadliest Catch” put him on the treacherous Bering Sea to film a working life of captain and crew that was fraught with danger.
With pilots of shows like one about a motorcycle club in hand and other ideas ready to move forward on, Stanley is now working with a manager and cable networks on developing new series. Developing and pitching TV shows in New York and Los Angeles is now a major part of what Stanley does.
‘It’s beyond getting my foot in the door,” he said. “Because of my reputation, I get in a better door.’ “
And so this is why “Deadliest Catch” fan have their fingers crossed for Doug Stanley and Original Productions.