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A new series on Discovery, Fool’s Gold, follows Todd Ryznar and his ramshackle crew at Shotgun Exploration who are looking to strike it rich in the gold-laden hills of Northern Ontario and retiring in style. The only problem for this start-up, do-it-yourself mining company? They don’t know what they’re doing!

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Premiering Tuesday, May 13 with back-to-back episodes, Fool’s Gold follows modern-day prospector Ryznar and his ragtag gang of would-be miners in their search for gold. But first, they’ll have to figure out what to do and how to do it – after all, their search for gold won’t be easy when the main equipment is made from a rusty bed frame and a an assortment of old washing machine parts.

Commissioned by Discovery Canada and produced by Toronto’s 11 Television Canada, the humorous eight-part series joins the beleaguered Ryznar and his rookie crew – at the mine and on the town, through bug-infested days, frigid nights, and beer-fuelled weekends – as they make a hilariously haphazard foray into the world of the professional gold digger. Armed with backwoods ingenuity, perseverance, stubbornness (and little else), will their beginner’s luck be rewarded, or will their hopes be dashed?

A real estate speculator-turned-gold prospector, Ryznar purchased the Straw Lake Beach Mine near Fort Frances, Ontario in 2005. After years of failed attempts of finding gold on his own, Ryznar has convinced a hastily-assembled group of his friends to spend eight weeks in the Ontario wilderness in a single-minded search for their share of Northern Ontario’s surprisingly plentiful gold deposits.

Much of the action takes place at the mine north of town, which was a fully-functional mine prior to the Second World War that produced more than 11,000 ounces of gold – worth $15 million in today’s market. Ryznar’s angle is that the processes used to extract gold in the 1930s were glaringly inefficient compared to today’s standards. He’s hoping that a multi-million dollar mother lode was missed – and with contemporary geologists estimating that there is another 11,000 ounces of gold still available at the mine – Ryznar’s crew might be in for a huge payday… if they can just figure out how to get to it!

The new series debuts on Discovery on May 13 at 8 pm and 8:30 pm.

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