'Gold Rush' Season Four to Premiere Friday, October 25 on Discovery Channel

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October 3rd, 2013

Gold Rush Season 4

via press release:

DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S Gold Rush RETURNS FOR SEASON FOUR FRIDAY OCTOBER 25 WITH A TWO HOUR SEASON PREMIERE AT 9PM

 

Gold Rush Pre-show, The Dirt, Also Returns on Friday at 8PM

 

Discovery Channel's highest rated series, Gold Rush, returns for a fourth season with a two hour season premiere on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9PM ET/PT. The Gold Rush pre-show, The Dirt, hosted by series executive producer Christo Doyle, also returns this season on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8PM ET/PT.

 

For three seasons a golden pay day had evaded the GOLD RUSH gold mining teams led by Todd Hoffman, Parker Schnabel and “Dakota” Fred Hurt. These men and their crews battled against equipment breakdowns, infighting and rough weather and it was revealed during last season’s Gold Rush Live season finale that the gold mining crews had finally made a mark for themselves, bringing in a combined grand total of 1,158 ounces across all claims. Todd Hoffman aimed high and fell short, but still mined 803 ounces, worth more than 1.2 million dollars at the time, while Parker Schnabel just managed to cover his costs for the season after mining 192 ounces and “Dakota” Fred hit his mark with 163 ounces of gold for the season.

 

In season four of GOLD RUSH, Todd Hoffman puts his life on the line, and asks his crew to do the same, braving malaria, poisonous snakes and quicksand to set up a mining operation in a patch of hostile jungle deep in Guyana, South America. Last year their Klondike operation delivered a million dollar season, but the jungle ground promises five times as much gold – if his crew can survive. Jack Hoffman, Dave Turin, Jim Thurber and a handful of greenhorns risk everything to search for the ultimate payday, but they're forced to fight the jungle every step of the way.

 

Parker Schnabel takes the biggest decision of his life. At just 18, and having made only a 2 ounce profit last year, he's putting his $160,000 college fund on the line for a shot at the big time. He leases virgin ground from Klondike legend Tony 'the Viking' Beets and goes deep into debt to buy a wash plant and a dozer, in an all-out bid to beat Todd Hoffman's season three total of 800 ounces of gold, worth over a million dollars. As his 92 year old grandfather John Schnabel says, “Parker is like an eagle leaving the nest. He will either soar this season or crash to the ground.”

 

The Dakota Boys and Melody return to Alaska ready to hit the big time. Dustin risks his life heading high into the mountains to mine the legendary source of all the gold in Porcupine Creek. Down at the claim, their quest for a million dollar payday pushes them to dig 120 feet down, beneath collapsing rock walls. After an epic three year search, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, they finally uncover the mystery pile of nuggets at the bottom of the glory hole.

 

Season three of GOLD RUSH, premiering in October 2012, was watched by an average of 4.57 million total viewers P2+ each week and was the #1 program in ALL of television, no exclusions, for seven straight weeks among Men 18-49 delivery. It was also the #1 Friday program among Men 25-54 on cable television* for 16 straight weeks. The Feb. 22, 2013 two hour live season finale, Gold Rush Live, earned a 3.08 /  3,066 among HH, 2.53 / 2,610 among P25-54, 3.31 / 1,665 among Men 25-54 delivering an average of 4.5 million total viewers P2+. In total, GOLD RUSH was watched by 78.9 million people (P2+) during the third season across all airings.

*excluding sports

GOLD RUSH is produced for Discovery Channel by Raw Television, where Dimitri Doganis and James Bates are executive producers and Tom Fulford is series producer. For Discovery Channel, Christo Doyle is executive producer and Meagan Davis is producer.

 

 
  • THE OLD MAN

    Will it be #1 on Fri? Stay tooned…

  • Evonnia

    I enjoy this show, but to be honest, the only reason I still watch it is because of Parker. Parker I think your a wonderful person and admire your relationship with your grandpa. I just wanted to let you know I’m praying for your success because someone like you deserves it.

    Best Wishes & Many Blessing

  • jeffyater

    I really like and hope Parker makes it.Todd is just a big mouth I believe if he would have listened to Dave they would have made more money.Dave and his crew saved Todd ass more than once.Dave should have gone back to Alaska just to prove it was the right thing to do.

  • steve

    I watched the show when they were mining in Alaska and I always wondered what the land looks like after they had racked over the land and left with the jars of precious metal. If they have left behind several seasons of garbage, machinery, oil from motor oil changes, hydraulic fluid from busted hydraulic lines, etc….then I think that gold mining in “pristine Alaska” borders unethical.
    Mining gold in a third world country, literally from the ground that these poor people tread on, in my opinion, exceeds the term unethical exponentially.

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