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Discovery Channel cancels ‘American Guns’ following CT shooting

“American Guns” has been canceled by Discovery, according to Deadline.com. The network has also shelved all repeats as well.

The reality series followed the Wyatt family and the staff of Gunsmoke Guns, a Colorado gun store specializing in gun manufacturing.

In a press release from April 2012 following the second season premiere, Discovery touted the ratings were 50 percent higher than Season 1.

The cancellation of “American Guns” comes in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting that left 26 people, including 20 children dead. Following the tragic events, Syfy pulled an episode of “Haven” that featured violence in a school, Fox rescheduled episodes of “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” and TLC pushed its new reality special “Best Funeral Ever” to early 2013.

“Sons Of Guns,” another Discovery Channel series about guns, does not appear to be listed on Discovery’s upcoming schedule either. The reality series, which just wrapped its third season in October 2012, follows the staff of Red Jacket Firearms LLC, a Louisiana business that makes and sells custom weapons. It’s another family-run business with Will Hayden at the helm and his daughter Stephanie serving as office manager.

Request for comment about “American Guns'” cancellation and the fate of “Sons of Guns” was not immediately returned.

I think all this is totally appropriate. I hope as a nation we can all find a way to handle guns in a better way. Without getting political, I can at least say it’s time for a change.

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Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 9:09am
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‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Phil Harris Dies

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Phil Harris, the fishing boat captain from television’s wildly popular reality series ‘The Deadliest Catch’ has died.

The deep-sea fisherman, 53, suffered a stroke on Jan. 29 while in an Alaskan port off-loading a catch. He was flown to Anchorage for surgery and showed signs of recovery through the days following, but ultimately succumbed to the trauma.

“It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad – Captain Phil Harris,” his sons Jake and Josh Harris said in a statement posted on the Discovery Channel Web site. “Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down.”

The reality show, which has filmed five seasons, has been one of the Discovery Channel’s most popular. Harris was a central figure for this drama featuring the ageless tale of man taking on the elements. It depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska.

In a statement, Discovery Channel senior vice president Elizabeth Hillman says, “Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him.”

“We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart,” she said.

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Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 7:07am
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