The miners of Discovery Channel’s hit series Gold Rush will return of a second season of mining for the riches of Alaska. In Gold Rush, a group of down-on-their-luck men, in the face of economic meltdown, risk everything to strike it rich mining for gold in Alaska. The second season of Gold Rush kicks off with a special, The Off-Season, on Friday, October 28, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, according to a September 29, 2011, press announcement from Discovery Channel.
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Inspired by his father Jack, Todd Hoffman leads the miners – now with one season under their belts – to finish what they started and get to the bottom of the glory hole at Porcupine Creek and find gold. In Off Season fans will find out about all of the hard work the Hoffmans put in between mining seasons to make sure they hit the mother lode this time around. Then at 9 PM ET/PT, “Twist of Fate” officially kicks off the new season.
Last season, the Hoffmans and their crew battled Mother Nature – and each other – to mine their way out of financially hard times. The Hoffmans sold everything they owned that wasn’t nailed down to fund their dream of striking it rich in Alaska, leasing the Porcupine Creek claim. They sunk $250,000 into the project, but found only $20,000 worth of gold by the end of their long, hard rookie season. It was disapointing end to a summer filled with hard work, injuries, constant fighting, broken machineryand an unhappy claim owner.
The price of gold is skyrocketing, so the Hoffmans decide to continue to pursue their dram. They have a serious case of Gold Fever and go back bigger and better than before. They sell everything they owned that was nailed down – including leveraging their small airport in Oregon – to fund a second mining season. This spring, they headed north once again to Porcupine Creek, Alaska to settle unfinished business and find the gold at the bottom of the glory hole.
Things start out by going their way, unforeseen circumstances threaten to jeopardize their dream of striking it rich in the frozen north. The gold mining season is slipping away, and the Hoffman crew is forced to come up with a new plan in order to salvage what could be their last mining season.
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