A Post-Apocalyptic Reality Show, Courtesy of Glenn Beck

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Former Fox News host Glenn Beck’s live-streaming video network, GBTV, has commissioned its first reality series – from the ashes of a failed pilot on the History Channel last year, Mediabistro’s TVNewser reports.

The newish program – called Independence U.S.A – follows the Belcastro family as they try to live “off the grid” in a post-apocalyptic America. That’s near identical to the History Channel’s Apocalypse, PA, in which the same heavily-mustachioed lead character Frank Belcastro introduced himself by declaring: “My name is Frank and I’m not crazy. I know the world’s not ending anytime soon. But just in case, I want to be ready.”

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The show is set to debut on Jan. 18, and will air weekly on Wednesdays. “Concerned that the economy could collapse? Or that a natural disaster could wipe out our infrastructure? So is Frank, and he is doing something about it!” read GBTV’s press release on the show.

Although it sounds about as interesting as a cup of Ovaltine at bedtime — plus, it received some unflattering reviews and was dropped by the History Channel after only three episodes —  GBTV seems to have high hopes for the revamped Apocalypse, PA.

Independence U.S.A. is the perfect way for GBTV to enter the reality genre and promises to be an entertaining and informative look at how one family tries to grapple with their concerns for America,” said Joel Cheatwood, President of Programming at GBTV.

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