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"Prospectors" (TV show) cast
"Prospectors" (TV show) cast
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'Prospectors' Look to Strike It Rich



Premiering next year, the new Weather Channel reality docu-series follows a group of miners as they risk life and limb searching for the rarest gems.



September 20, 2012

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ATLANTA — The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) announced today that it has greenlit "Prospectors" (working title), which follows a group of miners searching for the rarest gems in order to strike it rich. However, they risk life and limb daily as they face extreme climates, weather and other perilous conditions in every step of their pursuit. Produced by High Noon Entertainment ("Hurricane Hunters," "Cake Boss"), "Prospectors" features 9 x 30-minute episodes and will premiere in 2013.

"I can't imagine anyone facing the kind of danger the group in 'Prospectors' faces on a daily basis, yet this gang simply can't resist the call of the fortune awaiting them," said Michael Dingley, senior vice president, content and development, The Weather Channel Companies. "It's a thrilling, and sometimes terrifying, journey to watch them pursue their riches at all costs."



Just like their predecessors 150 years ago, the small, ragtag gang in "Prospectors" has one goal: find their fortune. Based in Colorado, they brave the continent's most extreme mountain environments in search of the planet's most precious gems, such as topaz, aquamarine and rhodochrosite. Rarer than diamonds, more valuable than gold and far more difficult to mine, one of these fist-sized gems can bring $3 million or more. The prospectors use picks, sledgehammers and dynamite to send Volkswagen-sized boulders spinning out of control down the 60 percent grade mountainside. They open holes, looking for veins of brilliant red, blue and green crystals. And the right pocket, extracted correctly, can bring a million dollar payday or more.

But the process is brutal. This is some of the most dangerous mining in the world, because while Colorado is home to North America's richest, most abundant gem fields, they're also at the highest elevations. At 14,000 feet above sea level, there's 50 percent less oxygen, and weather is always more extreme, with twice as many lightning strikes, hurricane force winds, and vicious storms that move in without warning. And if the weather doesn't get the prospectors, the thieves might.

"Prospectors" joins the growing slate of original series for The Weather Channel, including "Coast Guard Alaska," "Iron Men," "Lifeguard!," "Ice Pilots," "Hurricane Hunters," "Hawaii Air Rescue," "Coast Guard Florida" (October 10) and "Plane Xtreme" (October 15), as well as the "Braving the Elements" docu-series anthology, which includes "Turbine Cowboys," "Pyros," "Iceberg Hunters," and "Reef Wranglers" (formerly Reefmakers - October 23). Additionally, the network recently announced "Tipping Points," a tent pole series premiering October 2013, which will explore the Earth's changing climate system.