Wait a Minute: Why Is This Show on Animal Planet?

Sep 18, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A reality series about five Orange County, Calif., women who travel to Alaska has been ordered by Animal Planet, reports Deadline.com.

Called "Alaska Gold Diggers," the project is about SaraJane “SJ” Bartholomae of Newport Beach, Calif., who inherited two gold mines from her father.

Bartholomae and her four adult daughters travel to Nome and Fairbanks in an effort to revive the family’s mines, which were abandoned after her father’s death. Her father was murdered when Bartholomae was a child.

At the same time, gold prices are reaching an all-time high, but the Alaska winter is only six weeks away.

"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 Jenny Daly, T Group president, who is executive producing.



  1. Because cable networks these days have no idea what their identity is, and are all drunk on the idea of crappy reality TV.

  2. Animal Planet has a lot of shows that have little or nothing to do with animals. I guess they added the “surprisingly human” tagline to cover some of their reality ventures.
    A lot of their so-called reality shows are so blatantly staged that we can’t stand to watch them.

  3. Animal Planet is a good example of why the cable companies are losing viewers. Why should I pay for a channel I have never watched and have no intention of watching. Yet I was forced to when I subscribed to cable. No Longer.

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