This weekend, Animal Planet debuts its newest series, Ice Cold Gold. The series focuses on eight miners who work in Greenland under difficult conditions in the hope that they luck out and find their fortune.
The series, which has six episodes, is part of the network's ongoing attempt to add new original series to its lineup, especially shows that deal less with animals and more with the world we live in.
"It's certainly more of a concentration on the 'Planet' part of our brand name," said Melinda Toporoff, Ice Cold Gold executive producer. "You really see nature, in this case, as an unpredictable beast in and of itself. It's obviously not a literal take on an animal, but they were dealing with the elements and how unpredictable they were."
This series is also groundbreaking in that it is the largest show ever filmed in the country, which only has a population of about 57,000 people. Most of the country is undisturbed, due to the extreme snow and ice. However, global warming is exposing more of the country than ever before.
"There are no roads in Greenland," said David Casey, Moxie Pictures (who produces the series) executive producer. "All of our travel had to be done by boat, helicopter and airplane. It was so remote. We were stranded and had to figure out how to do everything. Nothing is implied in Greenland. Every moment we were worried about whether we would pull it off or not."
Sunday night at 10 p.m. is the show's premiere. are you going to check it out?