Discovery Channel announced that its highest-rated series, Gold Rush, will be back for Season 4 with a two-hour premiere Oct. 25 at 9pm ET/PT. The Gold Rush pre-show, The Dirt, will also be back, again hosted by series executive producer Christo Doyle, starting Oct. 25 at 8pm ET/PT.
In Gold Rush Season 4, Todd Hoffman puts his life on the line, and asks his crew to do the same, braving malaria, poisonous snakes and quicksand to set up a mining operation in a patch of jungle deep in Guyana, South America. Last year, their Klondike operation delivered a million-dollar season, but the jungle ground promises five times as much gold. Jack Hoffman, Dave Turin, Jim Thurber and a handful of greenhorns risk everything to search for the ultimate payday as they fight the jungle.
Meanwhile, Parker Schnabel (pictured) makes the biggest decision of his life. At just 18, and having made only a 2-ounce profit last year, he’s putting his $160,000 college fund on the line for a shot at the big time. He leases virgin ground from Klondike legend Tony “The Viking” Beets and goes deep into debt to buy a wash plant and a dozer, in an all-out bid to beat Todd Hoffman’s Season 3 total of 800 ounces of gold, worth over a million dollars. As his 92-year-old grandfather John Schnabel says, “Parker is like an eagle leaving the nest. He will either soar this season or crash to the ground.”
Also in Gold Rush Season 4, The Dakota Boys and Melody return to Alaska ready to hit the big time. Dustin risks his life heading high into the mountains to mine the legendary source of all the gold in Porcupine Creek. Down at the claim, their quest for a million-dollar payday pushes them to dig 120 feet down, beneath collapsing rock walls. After an epic three-year search, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, they finally uncover the mystery pile of nuggets at the bottom of the glory hole.
Gold Rush Season 4 was set up by a limited-run series this past summer called Gold Rush: South America, which kind of bridged the gap between Gold Rush Season 3 and Season 4. Discovery Channel says that Gold Rush Season 3 was the No. 1 program in all of television, no exclusions, for seven straight weeks among Men 18-49 delivery. The two-hour live season finale of Gold Rush Season 3 in February delivered an average of 4.5 million total viewers P2+.
Gold Rush Season 4 premieres Oct. 25 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel.
The Dirt premieres Oct. 25 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel.
Parker Schnabel, Gold Rush Season 4: Courtesy of Discovery Channel