It didn’t take producers of Discovery Channel’s “Klondike” long to find a replacement for Chris Cooper, who pulled out of the miniseries last week citing “a personal matter.” Sam Shepard has joined the cast of the channnel’s first scripted project. Based on Charlotte Gray’s novel, “Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike,” the series tells the story of six strangers and their fight for survival in a town in the remote region. Shepard will play Father Judge, who comes there to atone for his violent past.

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