Gold-fever continues on the Discovery Channel in the New Year, as the driven, often desperate, fortune seekers of Bering Sea Gold return to the bottom of the Bering Sea in the frontier town of Nome, Alaska.
As fans will recall, the dredgers had some hard times in their first season, and it is going to get even harder this time around as government officials step in to put some order in place on the Bering Sea. The officials are determined to do what government does best and set additional regulations for the miners, which will create new headaches and roadblocks for the entire fleet. And, crews will have to deal with the everyday dangers of gold mining under the Bering Sea, including a sudden, tragic death no one will forget.
The second season of Bering Sea Gold will once again follow the actions and reactions, positive and negative, of four dredging crews, including:
- The Christine Rose: Hotheaded Shawn Pomrenke is on a mission to prove to his father, Steve, that he's grown up. Last season, Shawn failed to prove that he was ready to take over the family business. But has Shawn learned his lesson? With a goal of 1,000 ounces of gold this season, he gets a new chance to step up to the plate and prove that he’s ready to lead. However, after an arrest leaves him behind bars, his father Steve still has his doubts.
- The Edge: Nome native Zeke Tenhoff is abandoning his original dredge -- the dysfunctional, slapped-together Clark -- in favor of a bigger, souped-up dredge with a powerful and dangerous suction hose. Joining him is his on-again, off-again love interest Emily Riedel as deckhand and Zeke’s lifelong best friend, John Bunce, an experienced diver and gold dredger. This is their big shot at redemption after last season’s disappointing results.
- The Wild Ranger: Owner Vernon Adkison is back and focused on succeeding as a dredger. Unlike last year, where he was more like an absentee landlord, this season he is all in. Vernon has invested his entire life savings: half a million dollars on a small armada including his flagship vessel The Wild Ranger and five other dredges. Despite being fired twice last season, Steve Reidel will return as Vernon’s relief captain and diver. Will Vernon find enough gold to survive? And will Steve remain focused on the job?
- The Anchor Management: Last year, Captain Scott Meisterheim was accused of incompetence and being a thief while on board The Wild Ranger. Now he’s back in town to prove that he’s neither. This season, Scott has a dredge all of his own – a slick and shiny rig full of hi-tech equipment all of his choosing. Borrowing $150,000 from some “bad people,” Scott needs to find a mountain of gold to pay off his debts. But will the salty miner be able to handle the pressure? Or will he lash out and hit the bars, making a true recipe for disaster?
The second season of Bering Sea Gold, straight from Thom Beers’ Original Productions, is set to begin on the Discovery Channel on Friday, January 4, at 10 p.m. E/P. However, fans can get a sneak peek of the upcoming season this Friday, December 28, at 10 p.m. E/P, when Discovery Channel reveals behind-the-scenes footage and the show’s most memorable moments. Can’t wait? Take a look now at this sneak peek video, provided by the Discovery Channel:
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