Gold Fever Hits Television

No less than three television shows feature the search for gold. If I were not in the Navy, would I ever consider throwing it all to the wind and setting out on my own, for my own pot of gold? Maybe. But considering what the Todd and Jack Hoffman did, maybe not. They sold everything in Oregon to come to Alaska to mine for gold. And the show is miraculously in its third season, despite the fact no one has struck it rich:

James Harness, Greg Remsburg, Dave Turin, Todd Hoffman, Jack Hoffman, Chris Doumitt, Jim Thurber.

-The first season featured six men from Sandy, Oregon (a small town 30 miles southeast of Portland) who, due to the economic downturn, have lost their jobs. They decided on an all-stakes gamble – travel to Porcupine Creek, Alaska and prospect for gold. Most of the people on the show have little or no previous gold mining experience and must learn on the job.

-For season 2, Todd missed a lease payment, and “Dakota” Fred Hurt buys the claim out from owner Earl Foster, not needing to break the lease due to the missed payment.

No Guts, No Glory!

The season explores the Hoffman crew’s new mine at Quartz Creek, in the Klondike region of the Yukon, Canada as well as “Dakota” Fred’s operation at the site of the original Hoffman mine, Porcupine Creek, and Parker Schnabel’s attempts to mine his grandfather’s property at Big Nugget Mine.

-The third season began in October 2012. The Hoffman crew returned to the Klondike to once again mine the Quartz Creek site but also brought on additional crewmen to simultaneously work another site in the area. Parker Schnabel returned to the Big Nugget Mine site with larger and more efficient equipment while “Dakota” Fred Hurt and his crew returned to the Porcupine Creek site.

Jungle Gold is a television show set in Ghana that airs on Discovery Channel. It follows George Wright and Scott Lomu, two down-on-their-luck realtors: 

George Wright and Scott Lomu

Jungle Gold is a reality documentary series set in Ghana that airs on Discovery Channel. The series premiered on October, 26, 2012 on the Discovery Channel. The series follows George Wright and Scott Lomu as they risk everything in an attempt to strike it rich to recover from losing everything in the real estate crash of 2008.

And the last show is called Bamazon, about some gold hunters heading to Guyana. (Technically, construction workers from Alabama searching for gold in the Amazon.) Irony of ironies, the local Guyana paper, the Guyana Times (tagline: the Beacon of Truth) seems to think the men are in town for wildlife reasons:

A 24 member team; eight males from Alabama (Southern United States) and 16 producers from the renowned History Channel arrived in Guyana on Wednesday to commence a six- week documentary on Guyana’s wildlife and rainforests. The documentary will feature eight one hour series titled “Bamazon” and will be broadcast on the History Channel worldwide, reaching millions of households.

Bamazon Cast

The eight males from Alabama will be the feature of the documentary and they will be exploring Guyana’s rainforests and wildlife. The History Channel team will be in charge of the filming and production of the documentary.

The name Bamazon was derived from the shorten form of residents in Alabama, which is Bama. Since the cast will be exploring Guyana’s Amazon, they came up with the word “Bamazon”. Supervising Producer of “Bamazon” from the History Channel Scott Madden said the cast will be spending most of the time in the Interior.

 There is not a whole lot of info out there on the cast. John Wilson is the name of one member, according to this forum. Clate is another. I wish ’em well.