9:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Discovery Orders 'Gold Rush' Spinoff for New Streaming Service (Exclusive)
Discovery+ is giving Gold Rush star Freddy Dodge his own show as it looks to ramp up its original programming ahead of its January launch.
The spinoff series, titled Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge's Mine Rescue, will follow the 40-year mining veteran, who is known as the "Gold Guru" whom struggling mine owners seek for help.
In the spinoff, he'll help mine owners who've sunk everything into their operations but are ready to call it quits. In each episode, Dodge will share his hard-earned practical knowledge about where to look for gold as well as the inside tips on mining and sluicing it.
To help him turn around the operations, Dodge has teamed up with expert mechanic and fellow Gold Rush miner Juan Ibarra. At each location, the duo will use their knowledge of geology, prospecting, drilling and testing to get back on the paydirt. But it isn’t just running their dirt faster. It’s about making the operations better, and more importantly, running cheaper.
Dodge and Ibarra will overhaul washplants, introduce never-before-seen gold recovery techniques and attempt to transform each operation and change the lives of mine owners forever if they hit the jackpot.
The show debuts Monday, Jan. 4, coinciding the launch of Discovery+. The new streaming service will combine programming from across the conglomerate's brands, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Animal Planet and OWN. It will also include programming from A&E Networks channels A+E, History and Lifetime.
The company says the offering will give subscribers access to more than 55,000 episodes of more than 2,500 shows.
Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge's Mine Rescue is produced for Discovery by Raw Television, where James Bates is executive producer and Richard Cracknell is the showrunner. For Discovery Channel, Carter Figueroa is executive producer and Greg Wolf is coordinating producer.