Published On: Fri, Oct 17th, 2014

‘Gold Rush’ season 5 tonight: check out 3 new preview clips

Discovery’s ambitious gold miners are back at it again and the stakes have never been higher. Who’s in and who’s out? 

Gold Rush season 5 Discovery Channel bannerThis season, everything has changed – new miners, new claims, new machines and new ways to pull gold out of the ground.  But will big risks lead to an even bigger pay out? 

Discovery’s #1-rated show GOLD RUSH returns for its fifth season on Friday, October 17 at 9 PM ET/PT, with the pre-show The Dirt, hosted by series executive producer Christo Doyle, at 8 PM ET/PT.


Friday, Oct 17 at 8 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel

To kick off Gold Rush, The Dirt host Christo Doyle puts miners Todd Hoffman, Parker Schnabel, and Tony Beets, in the hot seat to get the low down on the upcoming season. Todd discusses his epic failure in the jungle. Parker discloses his ambitious strategy to “super-size” his operation and Tony talks about his massive million dollar project.


Season 5 Premiere on Friday, Oct. 17 at 9 PM ET/PT on the Discovery ChannelYoung Parker sets an outrageous season goal of 2,000 ounces. Tony Beets, The Viking, buys a 75-year-old gold catching dredge. And Todd Hoffman is left a broken man without a crew and with no plans to mine.

Returning this season is 20-year-old Parker Schnabel who proved himself in only his rookie season mining the Klondike – raking in over 1,000 ounces of gold worth 1.4 million dollars.  Parker is taking off his “training wheels” this year, setting an unprecedented goal of 2,000 ounces worth more than $2.5 million dollars – double his take from last season.  Parker re-invests every last cent in a mad scramble to get to good gold, asks more of his crew than ever before and manages to steal one of rival gold miner Todd Hoffman’s top mechanics.  If Parker can hit his lofty goal, he could be on his way to becoming a Klondike legend. If not, it will become clear that his first season was simply a stroke of good luck.

Last season, Todd Hoffman rolled the dice and fell flat on his face.  He hit rock bottom after braving the jungles of Guyana, South America, in an attempt to make a fortune along with his father Jack, Dave Turin, Jim Thurber and the rest of the Hoffman crew.  This year, Todd is back at square one.  His right hand man, Dave, has had enough, deserting Todd to mine with legends Freddie and Derek Dodge.  Not only has Todd lost his land, most of his money, his crew, but worst of all, he has lost his dignity.  His dream of mining in the jungle nearly destroyed him, but will he be able to rise from the ashes and turn things around?  Or will this be the season that Todd throws in the towel once and for all?  One thing is for certain — Todd will not go down without a fight.

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