Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel goes on-script with Klondike

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By NeAL JusTIN

IF yOu’RE still carp­ing about the frigid Jan­uary weather, put your­selves in the boots of the Amer­i­can dream­ers who bat­tled avalanches, rapids, wolves, con men, ty­phus and frost­bite in the yukon in Canada near the start of the 20th cen­tury, all on the slim chance they’d strike gold.

The chances for Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel to hit the jack­pot with Klondike, its first scripted project, are much rosier. His­tor­i­cal minis­eries have been game-chang­ers for such net­works as the His­tory Chan­nel ( Hat­fields & McCoys) and Reelz ( The Kennedys). The story is an ideal com­pan­ion piece to Dis­cov­ery’s re­al­ity se­ries Gold Rush, of­ten the most pop­u­lar show on all of Fri­day-night TV among men ages 18-49.

“Dis­cov­ery is about Man’s re­la­tion­ship to na­ture, and some­times that’s a beau­ti­ful re­la­tion­ship and some­times that’s an ag­o­nis­ing re­la­tion­ship,” said Delores Gavin, the net­work’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of pro­duc­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

In the case of Klondike, that re­la­tion­ship is mostly ag­o­nis­ing.

Richard Mad­den ( Game Of Thrones) plays a re­cent col­lege grad who, with his best friend, heads north to seek his for­tune in Daw­son City, a law­less town that makes HBO’s Dead­wood look like Palm Springs.

There, the two dis­cover a way of

Brav­ing the cold: (front, from left) Klondike stars Sam Shep­ard, Tim roth, Johnny Sim­mons, (back row, from left) Si­mon Cel­lan Jones (di­rec­tor), ac­tors au­gus­tus Prew and Conor Leslie. – aFP

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