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Winter TV Preview 2014: Discovery’s Klondike [VIDEO and PHOTOS] 

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Discovery Channel
Photo Credit: Dan Power/Discovery Channel

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

The Gold Rush was a very interesting time in North American history. Like with any get-rich-quick-scheme, men (and women) leave their families and their old way of life to try to make their fortunes. But more than that, this is a tale of self discovery. On that journey, you’re likely to find people who want to deceive you and take what’s yours. I’m curious to see this take and I kind of love that Discovery is jumping into the scripted fray.

Klondike series synopsis:

Based on actual events, Klondike tells the story of the last great Gold Rush in history. In 1897 two friends make the perilous journey through North American wilderness to the Klondike boom town Dawson City, “The Paris of the North” where murder, revenge, riches and redemption await. From Executive Producer Ridley Scott, starring Richard Madden, Abbie Cornish, Sam Shepard and Tim Roth.

The Pedigree

You had me at Richard Madden. We won’t talk about Game of Thrones (well, I can but I won’t – and I love that show). Suffice it to say, I’m glad to see him on my television screen in what I hope is a challenging and interesting role. I’m excited about all of the cast actually.

I love the type of projects Ridley Scott is doing. He’s the executive producer The Good Wife, one of my favorite shows right now. He’s got a great eye for story and knows how to put a great team together to tell that story well.

The location. The Yukon is a harsh and beautiful land. If the people wanting to steal your gold don’t kill you, this environment might.

TV Goodness Winter Preview Ratings System
Watch Live
Watch Later on DVR
Undecided — Need to Watch Some More
Not Watching at All

I always like “wild west” stories (I know it’s western Canada; that counts, right?) and this seems like the most wild (and beautiful) place to go to make your fortune. Since I’m so excited about the cast and the story, I’ll give the pilot a Watch Live. I’ll decide after that how quickly I have to consume this show. I have high hopes though. I really hope they don’t let me down.

Klondike premieres Monday, January 20th at 9/8c on Discovery.


Extended Sneak Peek:

Richard Madden on his character:

Abbie Cornish on her character:

Discovering Klondike:


 All photos courtesy of Dan Power/Discovery Channel.

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