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Andy Hillstrand, Jonathan Hillstrand, Sig Hansen, Deadliest Catch


It's looking to be a great crab season for Discovery Channel after all.

Time Bandit skippers Andy and Jonathan Hillstrand and Northwestern Capt. Sig Hansen have put aside their differences with the network in time to rejoin Deadliest Catch for its seventh season.

"We're happy we've worked everything out with Discovery," the captains said in a joint statement, a week after announcing they couldn't go on after the Hillstrands were sued for breach of contract.

Wonder what changed their minds...

"A deal's a deal," they said, invoking some refreshingly simple logic.

"We're heading up to Dutch Harbor to start filming the new season of Deadliest Catch and hopefully it will be the best one yet."

Added the Hillstrands, who were the target of a $3 million lawsuit for allegedly failing to hold up their end of the bargain regarding production on a network special: "Everyone worked really hard on putting together Hillstranded and we're looking forward to wrapping that up. It's something new that we hope people will enjoy."

Well, they're going to enjoy it a lot better than they would have a season of Deadliest Catch without some of their favorite captains.

Also returning are the late Capt. Phil Harris' sons Josh and Jake, who will carry on as deckhands on their dad's ship, the Cornelia Marie.