The latest in reality shows: The Colony: It’s Post-apocalyptic Virus House!
The premise: There’s been a massive plague that’s killed off most of the human population, and these ten survivors, all strangers, have to try to start rebuilding from scratch, using only what they know about the world and what they can find in the warehouse they’ve chosen as their home and the areas around it. There is very little to eat, the water has to be filtered because the main source is the poisonous and sludgy Los Angeles River, which is hardly even a river anymore, so much as it’s a chemical runoff ditch for the whole city.
The excerpts I’ve seen so far here and here are producing a fine level of scorn and derision from my wife the engineer; the bit about ‘controlled experiment’ alone was good for a three-minute rant. Also: biker gangs, and it’s apparently the aftermath of a biological outrbreak – but no zombies. Aside from the unwillingness to go Full Metal Gonzo with the premise, well, everything is better with zombies.