We are fascinated by reality TV series that show how nature yields treasures, perhaps in buried sunken ships to the actual earth itself, a calculated risk, a hunch and bam! You got yourself a fortune in priceless metals or gems and “the man” had no play in it.
It’s the reason people get hooked on “picking” antiques and collectibles and why scouring off the beaten track thrift stores is so much fun, you just never know what will turn up.
So lets all ditch “9-to-5” corporate hell jobs and go for a journey to the wild with Discovery as some intrepid souls mine The Great White North. Blood, Sweat and Gold: Discovery’s #1-rated show returns Friday, October 16 at 9 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.
As the Klondike winter ends, a new mining season begins. And this year, there are bold new challenges, new equipment and massive power shifts. The series captures the political in-fighting and battle like never before among the crews as they push to find the most gold yet.
Gold mining is a dangerous business and add to that human nature, well, all bets are off.
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THE DIRT – GOLD RUSH PRE-SHOW
Premieres Friday, October 16 at 8 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel
Kings of the Klondike: New host Matt Rogers sits down with the Hoffmans to discuss the upcoming explosive season premiere. Parker dives into last season’s dramatic ending and Tony gives an exclusive look at what lies ahead for his family and the dredge.
What to expect from this new season:
Last year, Todd Hoffman rose from the ashes and brought his crew back from the brink of bankruptcy. This season he has gold-rich ground, a seasoned crew and is in the position to keep his hot streak alive. But Todd’s a big dreamer and this year even his crew is blown away by the staggering season goal he sets. For the first time, he’ll have three generations of Hoffman men working on the claim as Hunter, his 16-year old son, keeps the family tradition alive. The only thing standing in Todd’s way could be his ego. Can he keep it in check and finally give young Parker Schnabel a run for his money? Or will his lofty season goal backfire leaving the Hoffman crew disappointed yet again?
Meanwhile, Parker Schnabel has his hands full. Last season, he mined an unprecedented $3 million of gold. But it came at a price as he drove his crew into the ground leaving many questioning whether they would ever work for the young mine boss again. Parker, who turns 21 this year, finds out the hard way that one season of gold mining has nothing to do with the next. He’s forced to draw on everything his beloved Grandpa John has taught him in order to avoid a disastrous season. Parker has to do more than find a lot of gold this season, he has to figure out how to become a leader of men.
Tony Beets, aka “The Viking,” is a Klondike legend. As winter closed in at the end of last season, Tony was finally about to resurrect his million dollar, 75-year-old gold mining dredge. But this year, he has to get the machine, which hasn’t run in 30 years, to actually produce gold.
Tony desperately needs the dredge to start paying for itself but more than anything, he wants to shut up the naysayers that think he’s crazy to gold mine the old fashioned way. This season it’s all hands on deck as dredging for Klondike gold becomes a family affair. Can the Beets, the first family of Yukon gold mining, revive an ancient way of pulling gold out of the ground or will the massive undertaking turn into a giant money pit? Tony’s out to prove that the old timers had it right…that dredging is the future of gold mining in the Klondike.
Also returning is the pre-show “The Dirt,” a series of one-hour shows, beginning 8 PM ET/PT on Friday, October 16, where the miners give the inside scoop on all things GOLD RUSH and where fans can get access to behind-the-scenes, cutting room floor material that never makes it into the show.