Gold Rush (TV series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Gold Rush
Gold Rush Title.jpg
FormatReality
Narrated byPaul Christie
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes69 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Production company(s)Raw Television
Broadcast
Original channelDiscovery Channel
Picture format1080i 16:9
Original runDecember 3, 2010 (2010-12-03) – present
Chronology
Related showsFlying Wild Alaska, Bering Sea Gold, Jungle Gold
External links
Website
 
  (Redirected from Gold Rush Alaska)
Jump to: navigation, search
"Gold Rush Alaska" redirects here. For other uses, see Alaska Gold Rush (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with the TV-tie in webshow Gold Rush (virtual contest). For other uses, see Gold rush (disambiguation).
Gold Rush
Gold Rush Title.jpg
FormatReality
Narrated byPaul Christie
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes69 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Production company(s)Raw Television
Broadcast
Original channelDiscovery Channel
Picture format1080i 16:9
Original runDecember 3, 2010 (2010-12-03) – present
Chronology
Related showsFlying Wild Alaska, Bering Sea Gold, Jungle Gold
External links
Website

Gold Rush (formerly Gold Rush: Alaska) is a reality television series that airs on Discovery. The 5th season will begin on October 17, 2014 at 9/8c.

The show focuses on the mining of gold placer deposits found in Alaska, the Klondike and Guyana, by various teams of miners.

Overview[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The first season (show named Gold Rush: Alaska) featured six men from Sandy, Oregon (a small town 30 miles southeast of Portland) who, due to the economic downturn, have lost their jobs. They decided on an all-stakes gamble – travel to Porcupine Creek, Alaska and prospect for gold. Most of the people on the show have little or no previous gold mining experience and must learn on the job.

Season 2[edit]

For season 2 (show renamed to Gold Rush) Todd missed a lease payment on Porcupine Creek and "Dakota" Fred Hurt buys the claim from owner Earl Foster, not needing to honor the lease due to the missed payment.[1] The season explores the Hoffman crew's new mine at Quartz Creek, in the Klondike region of the Yukon, Canada as well as "Dakota" Fred's operation at the site of the original Hoffman mine, Porcupine Creek, and Parker Schnabel's attempts to mine his grandfather's property at Big Nugget Mine.
Porcupine Creek (Hurt et al.): 80.4oz $125,000
Big Nugget Mine (Schnabel et al.): 34oz $55,000
Quartz Creek (Hoffman et al.): 93.5oz $150,000

Season 3[edit]

The third season began in October 2012. The Hoffman crew returned to the Klondike to once again mine the Quartz Creek site but also brought on additional crewmen to simultaneously work another site in the area. But with Hoffman having delays and equipment trouble at his site they decided to merge. Parker Schnabel returned to the Big Nugget Mine site with larger and more efficient equipment while "Dakota" Fred Hurt and his crew returned to the Porcupine Creek site.

The Hoffman crew mined 803oz. of gold earning them over 1.28 million dollars, Parker and Dakota Fred mined 191oz. and 163oz respectively. worth over a quarter million dollars each. This in comparison to the first season where nobody earned more than 50oz. of gold.

Season 4[edit]

The fourth season began airing August 2013 and started with a pre-season episode called "The Dirt" featuring interviews with all of the teams featured in season three. "Gold Rush: Guyana South America" features the Hoffman crew in South America, Parker Schnabel guest mining on new land with mentor Tony Beets, and Dakota Fred Hurt and his son Dustin mining at Cahoon Creek, a hard to reach, post glacial area only mined with pickaxes in the late 1800s.

The real Season 4 premiere was October 25, 2013.[2]

The Hoffman crew mined barely 2 ounces of gold and were forced to pack up and leave their Guyana mining operation; the Dakota boys mined 280 oz.; Parker and his crew mined 836 ounces by the end of the season. He then stayed and continued mining with Rick and picked up an additional 193, bringing his season total to 1,029 ounces. Parker's $1.4 million haul not only broke Todd Hoffman's single season record of 803 oz., but also eclipsed Hoffman's entire four season total.

Season 5[edit]

Two-Hour Gold Rush Season 5 Premiere Kicks off Friday, October 17, 2014, at 9 PM ET/PT with The Dirt Airing at 8 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel[3]

Other programming[edit]

Aftershows & specials[edit]

Numerous "aftershows" and specials have been produced that document behind the scenes action as well as interviews with miners and crew.

Gold Rush: The Jungle[edit]

Between the second and third seasons Todd Hoffman and several crew members traveled to a remote site in Guyana in South America to determine the feasibility of opening up an operation there during the Klondike offseasons. The trip was covered in a single one hour episode. Although they did discover gold on the claim site, it was not of a sufficient quantity to cover the high expenses of mining the remote site which was accessible only by hiking through a trackless jungle after a harrowing river passage. While The Hoffman crew does go to Guyana for season 4 a year later, given the low probability of profitability, Hoffman chose not to pursue the venture for season 3. The episode ended with doubt they would return.

Gold Rush: South America[edit]

Between the third and the fourth seasons, Todd Hoffman and several crew members traveled to South America to prospect for gold in Peru, Chile, Guyana. This was covered in several episodes, in a summer season for Gold Rush.

Episodes[edit]

Cast[edit]

Current Cast:

SeasonsNameDetails
1-Todd Hoffman (age 41)Remembering his father's gold mining adventures in the 1980s.[4]
1-Jack Hoffman (age 65)Father of Todd, he previously mined for gold in Alaska 25 years ago, and joins the crew for a second chance to live his dream.[5]
1-Jim Thurber (age 54)An expert sheet metal worker with more than 30 years experience, he serves as the crew's safety officer. The economic downturn cost him his business.
2-Dave Turin (age 52)A guest star for several episodes of season 1, he comes on full-time for season 2. He is an experienced quarry foreman. Todd convinces him to chase his gold mining dream, join the group, and take some time off from his family's business.[6]
2-Parker Schnabel (age 19)Parker was given the Big Nugget mine in season 2 when his grandfather, John Schnabel, decided to step down.[7] He guest starred and appeared to give advice in Season One.
1-John Schnabel (age 94)Recurring guest star, owner of Big Nugget mine and grandfather of Parker Schnabel and Payson Schnabel.
2-Roger SchnabelRecurring guest star, part-owner of Big Nugget mine, father of Parker Schnabel, son of John Schnabel.
2-Gary GroganRecurring guest star, employee at Big Nugget mine.
1-Fred DodgeRecurring guest star, helped the Hoffman Crew re-assemble their wash plant in Season 1. He returned to the Klondike in Season 2 to give the Hoffmans better gold recovery tools. He also went to Guyana with the crew in Season 4.
1-Greg Remsburg (Age 41)Greg left the Hoffman crew after season 3 for undisclosed reasons; however, he returned to work with Parker Schnabel in season 4 in the Klondike.

[8]

2-Tony Beets (Age 55)Dutch-Canadian gold miner and owner of the Tamarack Mine, one of the most successful mining operations in the Klondike. He also owns and leased out the Scrivener Creek claim that Parker Schnabel mined in season 4.
1-Chris Doumitt (age 59)Originally he was only meant to come to Alaska for ten days — to help build a cabin for Greg Remsburg and his family. But gold mining quickly got under his skin and he ended up staying for five months and becoming a key member of the team. He calls himself a "pumpologist". Chris retired after season 3 from the Hoffmans. In season 4 he worked for Parker Schnabel.[9]

Former Cast:

SeasonsNameDetails
1Jimmy DorseyA Realtor and self-confessed adrenaline junkie. After an off camera physical altercation with Greg Remsburg, he left the mining crew in season one.[10]
1-2James HarnessThe crew mechanic, he prides himself on being able to repair nearly anything. However, a car wreck has left him with metal pins in his ankle and a severe spinal injury which, due to lack of finances, he cannot afford to have surgically repaired.[11] A Baltimore medical center donated a medical procedure to correct his back problem, which resulted in the need for yearly injections.[12] During season 2 when operations were halted due to dirty water, Todd asked him to build a water filter. Instead he left the camp to spend a week with his girlfriend in a motel. At the end of the season the crew fired him, blaming him for missing their 100 ounce target. Died in June 2014 at age 57, reportedly of a stroke.[13][14]
1Earle FosterRecurring guest star in season 1, owner of Jim Nail Placer Mine in season 1; cameo appearances in season 2 and 3. Passed away in season 4.
1Michael HalsteadIn the first season "Pastor Mike" was billed as the crew pastor. Mike was pastor of the Harvest Christian Church[15] in Troutdale, Oregon at the time. He had done charity work in Mexico in the past and had met Jack Hoffman twenty years ago on one of those trips. Jack introduced Mike to elk hunting and the two of them shared an enthusiasm for outdoor adventures, often going on trips together. He took part in a few episodes in the first half of season one, but went home for an unknown reason and was never mentioned again.
3Wayne "Nugget Brain" PetersonJoining the Dakota Boys for part of Season 3, Wayne was an experienced miner who has been working claims since 1983. He was fired by Dakota Fred due to his use of Oxycodone (with prescription) to treat a back problem.[16]
1-4"Dakota" Fred Hurt (age 70)After advising the Hoffman crew in the last half of season 1, Dakota Fred returns for season 2 to purchase the Jim Nail Placer mine to mine himself with his own crew.[17] Fred, Dustin, Melody left the show after season 4.
2-4Dustin Hurt (age 34)Dustin is "Dakota" Fred's son. He worked at the Jim Nail Placer mine in Season Two. Left the show after season 4.
3-4Melody Tallis (age 51)Joining the Dakota Boys in Season 3, Melody is an experienced miner who has been working claims across Alaska since 2002.[18] Left the show after season 4, along with the Dakota Fred and Dustin.

Locations[edit]

Alaskan Panhandle
Alaska, United States
The Klondike
Yukon, Canada in the Klondike Region, near Dawson City.


Equipment[edit]

Season 1[edit]

DescriptionMake / TypeNotes
ExcavatorHitachi EX400LCJack Hoffman's pride and joy
ExcavatorHitachi EX270LC
Dump TruckPeterbilt Tri-Axle
LoaderCaterpillar 980B
BulldozerCaterpillar D6HRestarted after being previously abandoned by parties unknown
Shaker/Trommel/Jig PlantCustom Built
Wave TableN/AFound un-useful and trashed
Magnetite SeparatorBlack Gold
PumpCalama 6"
PumpHonda 4"
GeneratorDetroit Diesel 150 kW

Season 2[edit]

DescriptionMake / TypeCreekCrewNotes
ExcavatorHitachi EX400LCQuartzHoffmanBrought up from Porcupine Creek
ExcavatorKomatsu PC228-USLCQuartzHoffman
BulldozerCaterpillar D8LQuartzHoffman
LoaderKomatsu WA380-5LQuartzHoffman
PumpPioneer 6"QuartzHoffman
Wash PlantShaker Wash Plant 60 yds/hr (Little Blue)QuartzHoffman
Clean-Up EquipmentMSI Xtruder 255/EnHancer 755QuartzHoffman
GeneratorWhisperwatt 100 kWQuartzHoffman
ExcavatorHitachi EX270LCPorcupineDakota BoysLeft behind by Hoffman crew
LoaderDoosan DL-400PorcupineDakota Boys
LoaderCaterpillar 980BPorcupineDakota BoysLeft behind by Hoffman crew
BulldozerCaterpillar D6HPorcupineDakota BoysLeft behind by Hoffman crew
PumpGorman-Rupp 6"PorcupineDakota Boys
Wash PlantRMS/Ross De-Rocker 8x20 100 yds/hrPorcupineDakota BoysCustom built
ExcavatorCaterpillar 330BLPorcupineSchnabel
Articulated HaulerVolvo A25CPorcupineSchnabel
LoaderAssortment of Caterpillar 980/988 (8+)PorcupineSchnabel
Wash PlantShaker, Trommel, Jig 20 yds/hrPorcupineSchnabel

Season 3[edit]

DescriptionMake / TypeCrewClaim
BulldozerCaterpillar D9LHoffman/TurinIndian River
BulldozerCaterpillar D10NHoffman/TurinQuartz Creek
ExcavatorVolvo EC460BHoffman/TurinIndian River
ExcavatorVolvo EC460BHoffman/TurinQuartz Creek
ExcavatorVolvo EC360BHoffman/TurinIndian River
ExcavatorVolvo EC330BHoffman/TurinQuartz Creek
ExcavatorHitachi EX400LCHoffman/TurinIndian River
ExcavatorKomatsu PC228USLCHoffman/TurinQuartz Creek
LoaderVolvo L220EHoffman/TurinQuartz Creek
LoaderVolvo L180EHoffman/TurinIndian River
Articulated HaulerVolvo BM A40Hoffman/TurinQuartz Creek
Articulated HaulerVolvo BM A40Hoffman/TurinQuartz Creek
Articulated HaulerVolvo A35CHoffman/TurinIndian River
Articulated HaulerVolvo A35CHoffman/TurinIndian River
Wash PlantKPI-JCI Shaker/Conveyors, MSI Feeders & "Big Red" SluiceHoffman/TurinIndian River
Wash Plant"Gold Machine" Turbo-TrommelHoffman/TurinQuartz Creek
PumpPioneer 6x6Hoffman/TurinIndian River
PumpPioneer 6x6Hoffman/TurinQuartz Creek
ExcavatorHitachi EX270LCDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
ExcavatorDoosan DX340LCDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
LoaderDoosan DL400Dakota BoysPorcupine Creek
LoaderVolvo L220EDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
LoaderCaterpillar 980BDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
BulldozerCaterpillar D6HDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
Wash PlantRMS/Ross De-Rocker 8x20 100 yds/hrDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
PumpGorman-Rupp 10"Dakota BoysPorcupine Creek
PumpGorman-Rupp 6"Dakota BoysPorcupine Creek
Gold DredgeKeeneDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
ExcavatorCaterpillar 330BLSchnabelBig Nugget Mine
ExcavatorVolvo EC460BSchnabelBig Nugget Mine
BulldozerCaterpillar D8NSchnabelBig Nugget Mine
Articulated HaulerVolvo A25CSchnabelBig Nugget Mine
Articulated HaulerVolvo A25CSchnabelBig Nugget Mine
LoaderVolvo L90ESchnabelBig Nugget Mine
LoaderCaterpillar 980CSchnabelBig Nugget Mine
GeneratorAtlas Copco QAS 120SchnabelBig Nugget Mine
Wash PlantShaker, Trommel, Jig & Sluice 60 yds/hrSchnabelBig Nugget Mine

Season 4[edit]

DescriptionMake / TypeCrewClaim
BulldozerCaterpillar D10NSchnabelScribner Creek
Dump TruckVolvo BM A40SchnabelScribner Creek
Dump TruckVolvo A35CSchnabelScribner Creek
Dump TruckVolvo A35CSchnabelScribner Creek
ExcavatorVolvo EC460BLSchnabelScribner Creek
ExcavatorVolvo EC460BLSchnabelScribner Creek
LoaderVolvo L220FSchnabelScribner Creek
Wash PlantLittle BlueSchnabelScribner Creek
Wash PlantKPI-JCI Shaker/Conveyors, MSI Feeders & "Big Red" SluiceSchnabelScribner Creek
Pump6" Gorman-RuppSchnabelScribner Creek
Pump6" PioneerSchnabelScribner Creek
GeneratorWhisperWatt 100kWSchnabelScribner Creek
BulldozerCaterpillar D6M LGPHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
ExcavatorVolvo EC290BLHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
ExcavatorVolvo EC290BLHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
Dump TruckVolvo A30EHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
LoaderVolvo L110FHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
Skid SteerVolvo MCT-85CHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
Wash PlantMSI T5-X TrommelHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
Wash PlantLabrador Diamond JigHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
PumpElectric 6" PioneerHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
PumpDiesel 6" PioneerHoffmanQ.O.D. Claim
ExcavatorVolvo EC360BLDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
ExcavatorVolvo EC330BLDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
LoaderVolvo L220EDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
LoaderVolvo L220GDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
Wash PlantDe-RockerDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
Pump10" Gorman-RuppDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
Pump6" Gorman-RuppDakota BoysPorcupine Creek
ExcavatorVolvo EC20Dakota BoysCahoon Creek
ExcavatorVolvo EC20Dakota BoysCahoon Creek
Wash PlantHomemadeDakota BoysCahoon Creek
PumpPioneer PumpDakota BoysCahoon Creek

Season 5[edit]

DescriptionMake / TypeCrewClaim
BulldozerCaterpillar D10NSchnabelScribner Creek
ExcavatorVolvo EC460BSchnabelScribner Creek
ExcavatorVolvo EC460BSchnabelScribner Creek
Wheel LoaderVolvo L220FSchnabelScribner Creek
Wash PlantKPI-JCI Shaker/Conveyors, MSI Feeders & "Big Red" SluiceSchnabelScribner Creek
GeneratorMultiQuip MQ100SchnabelScribner Creek
BulldozerCaterpillar D10NHoffmanTBA
Haul TruckVolvo BM A40HoffmanTBA
Haul TruckVolvo BM A40HoffmanTBA
Haul TruckVolvo A35CHoffmanTBA
Haul TruckVolvo A35CHoffmanTBA
ExcavatorVolvo EC330BHoffmanTBA
ExcavatorVolvo EC360BHoffmanTBA

Reception[edit]

As of its first season finale, Gold Rush Alaska was the most-watched Friday night program in all of US television among males 18-49 and 25-54.[19] For 13 consecutive weeks in its second season, Gold Rush continued to hold Friday's top rating in the demographic of men 18-49.[20]

Syndication[edit]

Season 1
Season 2
Season 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold Rush", season 2, episode "Twist of Fate"
  2. ^ The Hollywood Reporter - 'Gold Rush' Season 4 Details, Premiere Date Revealed
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (8 September, 2014). "Discovery's #1-Rated Show 'Gold Rush' Returns for Fifth Season With New Crews, New Machines and Bold Challenges". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush Alaska, Todd Hoffman Bio
  5. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush Alaska, Jack Hoffman Bio
  6. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush, Dave Turin bio
  7. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush, Parker Schnabel bio
  8. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush Alaska, Greg Remsburg Bio
  9. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush Alaska, Chris Doumitt Bio
  10. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush Alaska, Jimmy Dorsey Bio
  11. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush Alaska, James Harness Bio
  12. ^ "Gold Rush", episode "The Off-Season", season 2
  13. ^ "James Harness (1957–2014)". IMDB. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ Heidi Parker (4 July 2014). "Gold Rush reality TV star James Harness dies at age 57 from a stroke... 'following struggle with pain killers'". Daily Mail (London). 
  15. ^ "Harvest Christian Church". Harvestworld.com. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  16. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush Alaska, Wayne Peterson Bio
  17. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush, Dakota Fred bio
  18. ^ Discovery Channel: Gold Rush Alaska, Melody Tallis Bio
  19. ^ Seidman, Robert (22 February 2012). "'Gold Rush Alaska' Season Finale Strikes Series High as the #1 Program in All of Television* on Friday Night". Zap2it. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  20. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (27 February 2012). "'Gold Rush' #1 Among Men on all Television, Not Just Cable". Zap2it. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 

External links[edit]