In some surprising news for fans of Gold Rush: White Water, Discovery Channel is sending the show on a long hiatus. The news came from producer Tim Dalby, and he doesn’t seem happy about it.
Here is what Tim said about the hiatus and when fans can expect the show back on Discovery for the rest of the current season.
Gold Rush: White Water going on long hiatus
Tim Dalby released a social media post that revealed his show, Gold Rush: White Water, was going on a long hiatus. He said it had nothing to do with him and he doesn’t seem happy about it. According to Tim, an executive at Discovery-Warner Bros. decided to take the show off the air for the next three months. It just happens to be in the middle of the current season.
Tim sarcastically said that an executive from Discovery decided that the show was too expensive to go out on Friday nights for the next few months. This is even though the show was already spent and the season already shot. As a result, they are “imposing a ‘break’ on our episodes airing till the new financial year in April.”
To add to the frustration, the show won’t return until the current season of Gold Rush ends. So far this season, fans have been able to watch Gold Rush and Gold Rush: White Water back-to-back. That won’t happen for the rest of this season.
Tim continued by writing, “the series has been rating well again and this rather short sighted move will obviously harm that.” He then said he was a “reluctant messenger” and they failed to communicate any of this to the show’s crew or the fans watching at home.
Why is Gold Rush: White Water going on hiatus?
Tim Dalby already said that the show was already paid for when it comes to filming and editing it. However, there is another reason this is happening. It is something Discovery-Warner Bros. has done in more than one area recently. The network is playing with the numbers in its books for tax purposes and savings toward paying creatives for their shows.
Discovery-Warner Bros canceled the movie Batgirl even though it was already shot and edited. No one can release the movie now. The studio will use this as a tax loss to save money. There are several animated shows that the network took off its streaming service HBO Max. This will save money when it comes to paying the creatives.
As for Gold Rush: White Water, this move looks like a tax move as well. There is a way to keep something “off the books” until it airs on TV. Tim specifically said they are holding the rest of the season until the new tax year. The money they spent can wait until the new year to keep their numbers down this year and move it to next year for a fresh start.
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