April 3, 2013

Sam Shepard joins Discovery Channel's Klondike miniseries

Actor Sam Shepard
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n March 23, 2013 I introduced the upcoming Discovery Channel miniseries, Klondike, based on Charlotte Gray's book "Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike," centers on a group of fortune seekers as they struggle against the elements in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike. Our interest in this production is that Soapy Smith will be portrayed as the main bad guy.

Today it was announced that actor Sam Shepard has joined the cast of Klondike. Shepard replaces Chris Cooper, who pulled out last week to attend to a personal matter. Shepard will play Father Judge, who has come to Klondike to atone for his violent past on a mission to save souls. The series about the gold rush that overtook Alaska's Yukon Territory in the 19th century will mark the network's first-ever, scripted miniseries. Production began last week in Alberta, Canada.

Chicago Tribune

Discovery Channel's Klondike
 March 23, 2013

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