Animal Planet has given a six-episode order to Alaska Gold Diggers, a fish-out-of-water reality series about five Orange County women transplanted to Alaska, to premiere on October 10. Produced by T Group Productions in association with Henry Island Prods, the series centers on Newport Beach resident SaraJane “SJ” Bartholomae, who inherits two gold mines from her self-made oil and gold tycoon father, William “Popper” Bartholomae, who was brutally murdered when she was a child. With gold prices at an all-time high, SJ and her four grown daughters decide to revitalize the family mines in Nome and Fairbanks, which have remained abandoned since Popper’s death. With their pooled savings, they race against time, hiring local mining crews to try and get the mines up and running with only six weeks before the start of the Alaskan winter. “It’s more than just a fish-out-of-water story — these women have grit and gumption, and will stop at nothing until they realize their father and grandfather’s dream of striking it rich in one of the harshest terrains on the planet,” said T Group president Jenny Daly, who executive produces the series with Henry Island’s Brian Neal and Debbie Shepard.
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