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Discovery orders gold-diving reality show from 'Deadliest Catch' producer

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Emily Riedel The Clark

Why go fishing for crabs when you can catch gold?

Discovery has ordered a new series from Emmy-winning producer Thom Beers that manages to combine elements of the network’s two biggest hits: Deadliest Catch and Gold Rush Alaska. Introducing Bering Sea Gold, an eight-part series that follows a set of eccentric characters who take to the frigid open water in custom-built (and, often, barely seaworthy) rigs to dive for gold.

The four vessels, which range from an 80-foot barge to a ramshackle raft, take to the open water. The desperate crews, including the only female gold “dredger” in Nome (right), spend hours on the rocky ocean floor hunting for flecks of gold.

Beers will narrate the show, produced by Discovery and Original Productions, which will premiere Friday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. Here’s the show’s intro. Clearly if you’re fan of Deadliest Catch or Gold Rush, this is right up your alley:

In other cable reality fishing news. TLC announced a new series this morning, Hook, Line & Sisters — a look into the competitive world of deep-sea commercial fishing starring a family of fishermen. The show premieres Dec. 29 at 10 p.m.