When the fishing boat crews of The Deadliest Catch first set sail in search of Alaskan king crab, they snagged something else in their traps: a heady mix of danger and the potential of huge financial rewards, which has kept the show going for eight seasons.
But like crab itself, drama can be an elusive catch. And whether it's accusations of manufacturing storylines, scripting rivalries or creating the appearance of peril in the editing room, even the most real of reality shows - be they about fishermen, truckers, loggers or what have you - sometimes undergo a bit of soap opera tweaking.
Gold miner Ken Foy was having none of that.
"We weren't too easily convinced to do this," says Foy, one of the stars - no, let's call them subjects - of Yukon Gold, a new reality series premiering Wednesday on History.