The release date for Gold Rush season 8 — Pending
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Series` concept and production info
Gold Rush is an unscripted reality TV series broadcast on Discovery with a focus on the lives of gold miners in the Yukon Territory in Canada. The original premiere took place on December 3, 2010. It is narrated by Paul Christie, executive produced by Christo Doyle and produced by Raw Television. Season 7 debuted on October 14, 2016.
The pursuit of the American dream on screen is naturally attractive to an audience in a downward shifting economy. The first season of Gold Rush was filmed in Alaska, and the consequent seasons took place in the legendary Klondike region of Yukon, Canada. Several teams of gold miners search for gold at several different locations with varying degrees of success. The miners include not only experienced men such as Todd Hoffman, son of a gold miner who was inspired by his father`s bold undertakings in the 1980s, 94 year-old mine-owner John Schnabel, another mine-owner, Tony Beet, but also greenhorns who are learning the tough trade on the go – Chris Doumitt, Michael Halstead, Dave Turin and Jim Thurber. Besides the usual high-stake challenges and adrenaline-filled competition, the current seventh season portrays John Schnabel`s family dealing with his death at the age of 96. His grandson Roger is facing tough competition yet again, while grieving for John.
Top-notch ratings and renewal potential
The show is the #1 hit for Discovery, bringing in excellent ratings throughout all of the seasons. This top ratings performer is once again accompanied by The Dirt, the one-hour pre-show featuring interviews with miners where they share the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Gold Rush operations. The all-new two-hour premiere of Gold Rush`s seventh season was the #2 program on the night of its broadcast with 2.8 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating. The adrenaline, the danger, the power play, the challenges are bound to keep viewers glued to the screen throughout the season, and chances are high that we will see the gold mining adventure renewed for another season. However, there has been no official statement from Discovery yet, and the fans of the series are waiting in anticipation for the news on its renewal or cancelation.
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