A million dollars? A high-paying job? A recording contract?
Nope. The winning family of a new reality show on Spike TV will receive a prize that’s arguably better: Surviving the impending apocalypse.
Spike TV is launching a new series called Last Family on Earth, where families compete for a spot in an underground state-of-the-art bunker that is “fortified to withstand nearly any end-of-days disaster scenario,” according to the network.
The six-episode one-hour series will premiere this fall. The finale will air in time for the winning family to move into their bunker and patiently await the world’s cataclysmic demise. Though the show is touted as concluding before December 21, the date of the apocalypse as predicted by the Mayan calendar, Spike TV executive vp Sharon Levy says the series is really about preparing for a variety of disaster scenarios.
“It’s a staggering statistic, but 15 percent of the population believes the world will end,” Levy tells EW.com. “It’s not about the Mayan calendar. If you look at natural and man-made disasters, bad things often happen. A lot of people believe the government will collapse. This is a very zeitgeist-y idea.”
The show’s grand prize is a spot in underground bunker designed by respected survival shelter company Vivos. The network’s press release lists various potential threats that the winning family might survive, including a pandemic, global government or economic collapse, nuclear war, reactor meltdowns, solar flares, massive asteroids, lethal climactic change, a pole shift, calamitous earthquakes, and widespread anarchy.
Levy says viewers will learn plenty of valuable information by watching Last Family on Earth, where contestants will compete in various aspects of survival training. “Just because somebody tells you to put motion-sensor lights in your backyard doesn’t mean you’re paranoid,” she says, “it helps to prevent you from being robbed.”
Okay, but isn’t the whole concept a little, you know, pessimistic?
“Being smart about your family’s safety is not pessimistic,” Levy says. “If anything, I think it’s hopeful.”
Here’s a model of the bunker: