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Discovery Channel’s ‘Gold Rush’ Returning as COVID-19 Causes Spike in Gold Prices

by Jon D. B.
(Photo credit Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Discovery Inc.)

The hit Discovery Channel show Gold Rush is returning amid a huge spike in gold prices due to renewed hunting during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The boys are back! According to the Discovery Channel, their smash show Gold Rush is returning for a new season. Rushers Parker Schnable, Rick Ness, Tony Beets, and Fred Lewis will “risk it all during a global pandemic to strike it rich”.

Get ready to join in on America’s next gold rush. As the COVID-19 pandemic causes gold prices to soar, greenhorn miners are eager to get in and make it big. Discovery will debut the next season with a two-hour, gold-laden special this October 23rd at 8PM eastern.

Discovery marks the occasion with an exciting press release for the return of the rushers:

When a global pandemic shut down the world in March 2020, markets crashed and rocked the U.S. economy. However, with economic uncertainty comes great opportunity for those who can seize upon the moment. And in the goldfields across North America, the opportunity of a lifetime awaited as gold prices spiked to record highs and the price of fuel, a miner’s biggest expense, bottomed out. In this all-new season of Gold Rush, seasoned gold miners are joined by greenhorn miners eager to forge their own destinies and gamble like never before in pursuit of the greatest pay day of their lives. The all-new season of Gold Rush premieres with a two-hour special Friday Oct. 23 at 8PM ET/PT and will continue to air Fridays at 8PM ET/PT for the remainder of the season.

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Bottomed out fuel prices mean Gold Rush prime time

In the newest season, the gold miners will undertake massive gambles. Gold fields are opening two months late due to the pandemic, but this won’t stop them. And the classic team won’t be alone.

Joining Gold Rush is ex-special forces medic and greenhorn miner Fred Lewis. Lewis is an ex-special forces medic and “greenhorn” miner, and has his own team of veterans ready to find the score of a lifetime in Oregon.

Schnaebel will be mining the Yukon with “massive ambitions” to expand beyond the Klondike. With fuel prices the lowest they’ve been since before the 2008 recession, Schnaebel hopes to mine enough gold to expand his operations and build a new empire. Can he conquer Alaska, too?

Miners eager to “take advantage of perfect conditions”

Tony Beets, meanwhile, has two seasons of missed opportunities under his belt. Beets is eager to “take advantage of perfect mining conditions” in 2020. For him, it’s all about identifying the last of the virgin ground on Paradise Hill. The experienced miner expects to mine out the massive Mega Cut this year, even if it kills him.

Rick Ness, too, is unwilling to see another season of failure. He and Schnabel have worked together for years. Ness is still recovering from a bottom out and loss of profits. Which, as a result, had half his crew abandon him. Stakes are highest for Ness, in the end. If he doesn’t hit big this year – he’s out of the gold rush for good.

He hopes to find his fortune in the “land of massive nuggets” in the mountains above Keno.

Watch the teaser for Discovery’s new Gold Rush season now

Millions of Americans have found themselves out of work during the COVID pandemic. Among them are newbie special forces veteran Fred Lewis. For him, it’s all about assembling other down-on-their-luck servicemen and women “eager to turn around their fortunes.”

As the crews battle time crunches and natural elements to strike gold, viewers will be treated to the Gold Rush season of a lifetime. Viewers will be able to catch the new season on Discovery Channel, as well as their streaming service, DiscoveryGO.

The pandemic-laden, two-hour season premiere of Gold Rush hits this October 23rd at 8PM eastern.

[H/T ShoreNewsNetwork]