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Off the Grid Thursdays: Discovery Channel’s new block of homesteading reality TV

Off the Grid Thursdays: Discovery Channel’s new block of homesteading reality TV
Marty Raney on Homestead Rescue season 6 (Photo by Discovery Channel)

In a new weekly block of programming, the Discovery Channel is going completely “Off the Grid”—well, except for the reality TV show cameras and productions that will be rolling up to film people who’ve decided to live disconnected from modern conveniences, like electricity and reality television, at least until they invite a reality show crew to help and/or film them.

Joining “Motor Mondays” on the network are “Off the Grid Thursdays,” which will include three shows, two returning and one new: Reclaimed, Building Off the Grid, and Homestead Rescue, all of which are being aimed at “do it yourselfers, fixer-uppers and homesteaders,” according to the network.

Anchoring and leading the night are Marty Raney and his kids, Matt and Misty, helping people who live off the grid but aren’t doing so well, on Homestead Rescue season 6, which airs Thursdays at 8. (It premiered last week.)

That’s followed by a new show, Reclaimed, on which two friends help people who have dormant mining claims—so it’s a combination of Gold Rush and Homestead Rescue. In exchange for their help, they’ll get a share of whatever the mine produces. Here’s how Discovery described the show:

“Longtime friends and business partners, Alex Charvat and Kevin Gilman, have learned the secret to owning some of America’s most valuable land. As expert builders and miners, they’ve established a niche business they refer to as ‘the new Gold Rush’—they visit dormant mining claims to assess their current value and then negotiate for a share of the mine’s profit in exchange for improving the property. With their unique backgrounds in engineering, mountaineering, mining and forestry, Alex and Kevin help wannabe prospectors and desperate homesteaders resurrect these claims of land. Together, they work to transform them into thriving mining operations and beautiful pieces of real estate worth more than they ever thought possible.

Gold prices are climbing at an unprecedented rate, and property owners from the mountains of Colorado to the desert of Arizona are cashing in on this golden opportunity. Whether it’s reopening a long dormant mine believed to have billions worth of gold hidden inside, or helping a naive salesman navigate his new inheritance of 30 small mining claims, Alex and Kevin leave no stone unturned and no claim unexplored. But with their own money, time and expertise on the line, is it worth the risk of striking it big?”

The final show of the night is Building off the Grid, which first premiered in 2016 on the DIY network. (DIY was acquired by Discovery in 2018, and will soon become Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new network.)

Building off the Grid aired some episodes on Discovery last year, but is now moving to the network full time. This season, it “will follow brave builders from Montana to Hawaii, Vermont to California as they attempt to construct their dream homes completely off the grid,” according to a press release, which promises “Dreamy A frame designs, modern mountain lodges and catamarans set out at sea.”

So, to recap “Off the Grid Thursdays”:

  • Homestead Rescue, Thursdays at 8
  • Reclaimed, Thursdays at 9
  • Building off the Grid, Thursdays at 10

Recommended for you: An interview with Marty Raney about how Homestead Rescue is produced

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