'Mr. Gold' Becomes Mr. Cold as 'Bering Sea Gold' Winter Season Kicks Off

Do break the ice, and then mine it

Caught in a summer heatwave? Let “Bering Sea Gold’s” winter mining season cool you off. (More like Brr-ing Sea Gold, are we right?)

TheWrap’s got your first look at the freezing-cold water stuff, which starts Friday on the Discovery Channel with “Mr. Gold” Shawn Pomrenke cutting through the ice and diving for bling.

It’s -2 degrees Fahrenheit on Pomrenke’s claim. If that doesn’t send a shiver up your spine, our sneak peek teaser will.

“Once you go under that sheet of ice, there’s no margin for error. You know that water’s under 28 degrees,” Pomrenke says in the clip. “One small mistake could cost you your life. You’re truly on your own. Your life’s in your own hands. The doubt creeps in: Do I have what it takes? Should I be doing this?”

We can answer that for you, Shawn: Probably not.

“But, of course I’m gonna do it,” he continues. “I’m ‘Mr. Gold.’ I’m gonna show everybody why they call me that.”

Watch the video above.

Here is the episode’s description: Winter has come — along with the thinnest, most unpredictable ice in decades. After three years, Shawn returns to diving under the ice in pursuit of the Tomcod claim. Kris tries to set up and mine in one day. Emily’s dependable Claim 14 shocks her.

New episodes of “Bering Sea Gold” air Friday at 8/7c on Discovery.

HGTV's 'Flip or Flop' Contractors Ranked by Profitability (Photos)

  • Tarek and Christina El Moussa have made millions on HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” using roughly a dozen contractors along the way. TheWrap has ranked each contractor and pair by how much profit they’ve generated. Scroll through the gallery to see who’s been the best hire.

    HGTV

  • Rank: 14
    Contractors: Steve Cederquist/Carlos Zepeda* (pictured)
    Net profit: $18,750
    Number of flips: 1
    Average profit: $18,750

    *Zepeda is a homeowner that is credited as a contractor by Wikipedia’s episode guide.

    HGTV

  • Rank: 13
    Contractors: Tony Perez/Frank Miller
    Net profit: $37,600
    Number of flips: 1
    Average profit: $37,600

    HGTV

  • Rank: 12
    Contractor: Jeff Lawrence
    Net profit: $478,172 
    Number of flips: 8
    Average profit: $59,771.50

    HGTV

  • Rank: 11
    Contractors: Julio Rodriguez/Frank Miller
    Net profit: $62,200
    Number of flips: 1
    Average profit: $62,200

    HGTV

  • Rank: 10
    Contractors: Israel Battres/Jessie Rodriguez
    Net profit: $65,000
    Number of flips: 1
    Average profit: $65,000

    HGTV

  • Rank: 9
    Contractor: Tony Perez
    Net profit: $68,050
    Number of flips: 1
    Average profit: $68,050

    HGTV

  • Rank: 8
    Contractor: Daniel Messina
    Net profit: $499,078
    Number of flips: 7
    Average profit: $71,296.86

    HGTV

  • Rank: 7
    Contractor: Frank Miller
    Net profit: $1,039,600
    Number of flips: 14
    Average profit: $74,257.14

    HGTV

  • Rank: 6
    Contractors: Akeli Slade/Jeff Lawrence
    Net profit: $74,300
    Number of flips: 1
    Average profit: $74,300

    HGTV

  • Rank: 5
    Contractor: Israel Battres
    Net profit: $1,491,150 
    Number of flips: 20
    Average profit: $74,557.50

    Twitter

  • Rank: 4
    Contractor: Don Jensen
    Net profit: $243,400
    Number of flips: 3
    Average profit: $81,133.33

    HGTV

  • Rank: 3
    Contractor: Steve Cederquist
    Net profit: $561,350
    Number of flips: 6
    Average profit: $93,558.33

    Choice TV

  • Rank: 2
    Contractor: Jake Rigel
    Net profit: $434,500
    Number of flips: 4
    Average profit: $108,625

    HGTV

  • Rank: 1
    Contractors: Steve Cederquist/Pete de Best* (pictured)
    Net profit: $130,550
    Number of flips: 1
    Average profit: $130,550

    *De Best is called a “Real Estate Investor” on the show, though credited as a contractor by Wikipedia’s episode guide.

    HGTV

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No, Izzy’s not No. 1 — or even in Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s Top 3

Tarek and Christina El Moussa have made millions on HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” using roughly a dozen contractors along the way. TheWrap has ranked each contractor and pair by how much profit they’ve generated. Scroll through the gallery to see who’s been the best hire.

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