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'Bering Sea Gold' second season to premiere January 4 on Discovery Channel


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/02/2013 

Bering Sea Gold is returning with the new year.

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Discovery Channel has announced the second season of Bering Sea Gold will premiere Friday, January 4 at 10PM ET/PT.

The second season of Bering Sea Gold will feature the return of gold dredging crews The Christine Rose and The Wild Ranger in addition to two new vessels, The Edge and The Anchor Management, which will be replacing first-season dredges The Sluicey and The Clark.

The four crews will battle tough conditions in search of gold in the frontier town of Nome, Alaska, ultimately hunting fortune at the bottom of the Bering Sea.

Bering Sea Gold's upcoming season will also feature government officials setting new regulations that will serve as roadblocks for the dredgers along with new miners being drawn to Nome to find riches. According to the network, there will also be one "sudden, tragic death."

Bering Sea Gold is produced by Original Productions with Thom Beers, Philip D. Segal, Jeff Conroy, John Gray, Sheila McCormack, Cameron Glendenning, and David Pritikin serving as executive producers.

Below are Discovery's full descriptions of each of the season's four crews:



- 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 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 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 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?



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