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'Deadliest Catch' producer to turn cameras on West Virginia coal miners

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Thom Beers, exec producer of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch, knows a good story when he sees it, which is why he’s teaming up with Spike TV for a docuseries on Cobalt Mine in Westchester, West Virginia to premiere in April. The network tells The Hollywood Reporter that the show, Coal, has been in development for nearly a year, and though they were prepared to announce the 10-episode deal weeks ago, they wanted to wait until the 33 miners in Chile were rescued. “Generations of families have been mining coal in the United States for nearly 300 years,” Beers told the trade. “Coal miners risk their lives in a way no one can imagine. We finally get to tell their stories.” Beers’ other credits include History’s high-risk Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men.

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