Can Jungle Gold: Behind-the-Scenes convince viewers show was not fake?

Discovery Channel's hit reality series Jungle Gold had great ratings last week for its season finale, but can tonight's special behind-the-scenes episode convince viewers that the show was not fake from the beginning?

Jungle Gold finished the season strong with viewers, but tonight's behind-the-scenes episode may determine for many whether or not they are interested in following George and Scott a second season.

Jungle Gold steadily gained ground for Discovery Channel in its first season, as fans got to know gold miners Scott Lomu and George Wright VI. Scott and George are family men from Utah, and are attempting to alleviate some, potentially all, of their financial debt via gold mining. Scott and George began the season $1 million in debt, after losing it all as realtors when the so-called “financial bubble” burst, leaving them on the losing end of the boom. But, after weeks in Ghana, the two did nothing but find themselves in one disaster after another, which they continued to make worse by chasing scheme after scheme in the effort to find the gold they were so desperate to dig out of the African ground. In the end, when they could not make a deal for new, proven land, they were only able to find dirt, and went back to Utah $1.3 million in debt.

As Scott and George hit the bottom last week, Discovery Channel fans were watching. Jungle Gold earned 1.94 HH/1.49 P25-54 rating, and it delivered 2.74 million viewers Persons 2+. Jungle Gold out-delivered all broadcast television programs among Men on Friday evening, earning the #3 spot in all of television in Men 18-49 delivery. Second only to Gold Rush, Jungle Gold was the #2 cable program, no exclusions, among Persons and Men 25-54 and Persons 18-49 delivery on Friday night.

Yes, fans were watching. But, after a season finale that viewers found highly suspicious, the Discovery Channel is offering fans a behind-the-scenes look tonight on Jungle Gold: Behind the Scenes. According to the Discovery Channel:

This behind the scenes special includes unseen footage and follows the film crew's battle with floods, machete attacks and dangerous conditions in Ghana. Also included is terrifying insight into the armed robbery caught on camera in the season finale.

Will this “insight” be enough to convince viewers that, in fact, Jungle Gold is a real look at Ghana gold mining, and not just producer-fixed ups and downs in the jungle? Or, will fans take a behind-the-scenes look and shrug their shoulders, continuing to believe that the season was all TV magic?

Stay tuned.

Jungle Gold airs on Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 10/9c.

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Submitted by Jesse7750 (not verified) on
This should have been called "Fools in the Bush" . Two very silly yuppies tring to strike it rich in one of the poorest places on Earth . I have sent years living in the Mid East and North Africa and have provided security for many visitors , but you could not pay me enough to spend a single day with these two self absorbed idiots .

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
THESE TWO WASTE OF SPACE ARE NOT FAKING IT , THEY ARE MOST DEFINITELY NATURALLY THAT RETARDED. THEY'RE FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE TO FEEL NOTHING BUT SHAME FOR THESE TWO CLASS ACTS. ZERO COMMON SENSE FELLAS , NO MORE SCHEMES IN LIFE , TIME TO GROW UP AND GET A REAL JOB. I DONT SEE HOW ANYONE COULD LIKE OR BELIEVE A WORD OUT OF THESE TWO FINE EXAMPLES OF HUMAN GARBAGE. SCOTT LOMU AND GEORGE WRIGHT = TERRIBLE PEOPLE

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i ve seen the episode in which both go to sell the gold in jungle but blocked there way and then looted when they tried to open the road.the whole scene was scripted and was so foolish that no one can believe that was real.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
after the first two showes it became evedent that this show is a bunch of BS twomoreons that are a million in debt and leave the home to the wives and kids with the banks after them, shows compleat ignorance on the parts of the so called gold hunters. then they are constantly screwing up loosing that kind of money let alone gold ,even i can see all the set ups and stupid sequences that appear. iv worked the mining aggregate field for 34 years and so much crap that you show is rediculas. comon descovery channel dump this show and the two guys known as laurel and harde and put somthing good on

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
WHO CAN REALLY BLAME THEIR WIVES FOR WANTING TO GET THEIR CHILDREN AWAY FROM THESE MONEY HUNGRY NO HONOR COMMON TYPICAL GREEDY SMALL MINDED CHUMPS. I MEAN THEY DONT SEEM LIKE THEY HAVE TO MUCH INSIGHT TO TEACH THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED IN THIS WORLD . WIFE AND KIDS WILL DEFINITELY BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT HAVING TO BE PUT IN BAD SITUATIONS BY MEN WHO CLEARLY ARE NOT CAPABLE OF MAKING THE PROPER CHOICES IN LIFE.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
CRAZY ILLITERATE , TALK ABOUT NO COMMON SENSE . YOU MUST HAVE GOT THE SAME LEVEL OF EDUCATION IN LIFE AS SCOTT AND GEORGE . WHAT A FOOL

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Could anyone possibly have worse English skills than you? Your spelling is so unbelievably annoying it is unreal.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Great acting job. If you can't see this in the "Behind the scenes" footage then you're a bigger moron than these two guys from Utah, or Califonia, or Texas, or whereever. It's all BS!!

Submitted by tv fan (not verified) on
I can't belive that discovery would send a camera crew out with these two tards! NOT REAL! Almost as bad as the towing shows. Will not wast my tv time on this again.

Submitted by Carl (not verified) on
I was hoping that somewhere in tonight's episode either the guys or the crew would talk about how it was a total scam with the "gold buy" or they are both as naive as 9th graders. They never seemed to explain to the audience that the mysterious gold seller and the robber were of course working the scam together. If this actually happened as shown to us, they must realize by now that it was like some Nigerian Scam and it's probably been run many times and that same gold bar has been sold a dozen times or so.

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