The Colony: Discovery Channel's New Post-Apocalyptic Reality Show
Just when you thought reality TV was running out of steam, a new groundbreaking reality series from Discovery Channel called The Colony puts an interesting spin on the Survivor/Big Brother reality model.
The Colony, which premiered last night at 10PM ET/PT, follows 10 strangers confined to an LA warehouse with scarce food and water for two months as they try to establish their own society in a post-apocalyptic world. Catch the trailer here.
According to the network, the warehouse and small acreage was designed by Homeland Security along with engineering and psychology experts who took cues from real-life disasters and forecast models of what the future could look like after a global catastrophe like massive climate change related weather changes, nuclear disaster, plague or other natural disasters.
While the premise of The Colony requires viewers to suspend their disbelief, the social experiment could prove to be rivetting, especially when compared to reality drivel like I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
The first episode follows six participants as they make their way to the colony where they find they have no potable water, no electricity and a small amount of food. Soon, they welcome four others sent in later and figure out how to filter the polluted river water and hooked up a collection of car batteries to provide power.
Sounds pretty tame so far, but reports indicate that producers have spent a lot of time and money to make it all look and feel like the aftermath of an apocalyptic event - right down to the Mad Max-style outlanders hired to steal the group's food and water.
"There was a time or two when I had to exercise restraint, not to physically harm one of the marauders. "I thought to myself, 'I'm into this a lot more than I thought I was going to be,' " says one Colony participant.
Part social experiment, part reality TV show, Discovery's The Colony looks like it could become a new TV addiction for those of us who've ever wondered "what would happen if...." Stay tuned!