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TV Review: ‘Klondike’

19 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Discovery stakes a claim on scripted programming with the epic miniseries “Klondike,” and if the lavish production doesn’t quite strike gold, it comes close enough to encourage further exploration. Boasting a first-rate cast, an increasingly engrossing narrative and frequently awe-inspiring visuals, the six-hour saga transports viewers back to the tail end of 19th-century life with a requisite dose of contemporary edge. Given current trends in cable event programming, Discovery could be looking at a ratings bonanza — provided audiences aren’t so fed up with cold weather that watching characters that risk freezing to death to find their fortune is an instant turn-off.

If anything, the recent polar vortex headlines should give viewers a deeper connection to the bone-chilling conditions faced by adventurous pals Bill Haskell (Richard Madden, recovering nicely from the “Game of Thrones” Red Wedding) and Byron Epstein (Augustus Prew) as they head out in search of gold »

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