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Discovery plots its first scripted mini-series

Ridley Scott-produced project will spotlight gold-mining in Alaska

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Dec 11, 2012 1:51PM

'Gold Rush' '/' Discovery


Discovery is hoping a foray into scripted territory will mean ratings gold.


The basic-cable network announced Tuesday its working with executive producers Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker and writer Paul Scheuring ("Prison Break") to launch its first scripted miniseries. Titled "Klondike," the mini-series will follow six strangers in the 1890s whose lives collide as they search for Alaskan gold. Scheuring will also serve as an executive producer.


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Gold has been quite the commodity for Discovery, which to date has three reality series about hunting for the precious metal. Two, including "Gold Rush," are set in Alaska and the other, Ghana.


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"We've been developing scripted for some time, but wanted to find the perfect fit," Eileen O'Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks, said in a statement. "When we read 'Gold Diggers', we knew we finally found it. Discovery created and owns the 'gold' narrative with several of our hit series and we're elated to partner with Scott Free Television and eOne Television on a subject we know so well as our first, scripted project."


Similarly, History's first scripted venture, "Hatfields & McCoys," garnered the network record ratings and several Emmys. "Klondike" is based on the novel, "Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike," by Charlotte Gray. Production will start in March in Alberta, Canada, the Associated Press reports.

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Dec 12, 2012 9:43AM
Dec 12, 2012 9:21AM
This is not good for the Discovery channel. I watched it for the documentaries and the interesting stuff that they produced and showed. I don't want to watch a scripted tv show, There's a lot of channels that have that, but there was only one Discovery channel
Dec 12, 2012 9:10AM
I definitely do not have the respect for Discovery channel that I used to.  Now it's just like any other dumb channel. 
Dec 12, 2012 8:46AM

And Discovery continues it move away from its roots as a science based channel to learn things to more reality-document garbage. Scripted as a new thing? Hah!! Some of this is already scripted and if not is edited in such away that the real story going is twisted and one gets a limited view of what is really going on.

That being said other than dirty jobs that you could still learn something from and they canceled I do watch the gold rush show since it isn't to bad but it does suffer from the editing I mention above and they do try to make it seem like there is more drama when there is none. The Jungle gold show, watched it only a couple times, more drama than mining from what I saw. That (gold rush) is really the only one of these shows I even watch anymore. Don't watch any of the other junk and I used to like Pawn Stars but it got dumb to and they tried to add more drama and BS on it as well as part is now scripted. Don't even get me started on all the spin off's.

At any rate whatever I guess but it would sure be nice to cut back on this reality junk and get back to original programming and the type that made these channels what they are (or if they are going to have a show like these just show it, don't try to make it more dramatic or anything just show what happens end of it), that is for all channels and stations. Make another separate channel, in Discovery and History's case, and put all this junk on that one and leave the original channels like they once were.

I think its time

Dec 12, 2012 8:02AM
According to a lot of their stars some of the reality shows are scripted...
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