Just when you thought that all the craziest reality show concepts had already been produced, here comes Spike TV to leap another hurdle in the race for weirdest competition. Last Family On Earth, will feature an as yet unannounced number of families that believe the world will soon come to an end, competing to win their very own underground doomsday bunker. No, I am not joking, and yes this is a 100% real project.
The impetus for such a series is obviously all the hubbub concerning the so-called Mayan "prophecy" that predicts that a catastrophic event will occur on December 21st, 2012 that will wipe out human civilization. My apologies to anyone who actually believes this stuff, but the whole thing is downright ridiculous. One of the rationales used by believers is that the Mayan calendar ends in December 2012. This completely ignores the fact that Mayan calendars always ran out, and the world didn't end every time. They just created a new calendar. Descendants of the ancient Mayans, and Mayan scholars also dismiss the claims. Yet people hold onto them for dear life. To me, it's all about ego. Everyone wants to think that they're important enough to be present for the apocalypse.
But I digress, Spike TV VP Sharon Levy maintains that the show is not solely Mayan based - "It’s a staggering statistic, but 15 percent of the population believes the world will end. 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 state of the art bunker that serves as the grand prize was designed by high profile survival shelter company Vivos, and is touted as being able to withstand just about every feasible nightmare scenario. In fact, the network's own press release lists "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" as survivable from within the bunker. The thing must be made of adamantium or something.
Would you be interested in watching Last Family On Earth? Does the show's premise have merit?