FYI gets off the grid for “Unplugged Nation”

U.S. net FYI is getting off the grid in its forthcoming series, Unplugged Nation (pictured), premiering later this month.
July 14, 2015

U.S. net FYI is looking to get off and stay off the grid in its forthcoming series, Unplugged Nation (pictured).

Produced by Blast! Films, the 9 x 60-minute series is to follow host Jay Gruen as he guides one family through three properties in secluded locations across America.

Before putting an offer on a home, each family will be allotted a four-day trial of their new surroundings, in which Gruen mentors the household on the particulars of how to harvest food, tend to livestock and generate power.

Once the trial period expires, families will decide whether to stay off the grid or return to a plugged-in lifestyle.

The series – set to bow on FYI on July 29 at 10 p.m. EST/PST – is exec produced by Nick Cory-Wright and Edmund Coulthard for Blast! Films, while Gena McCarthy and Liz Fine serve as executive producers for FYI.

“When you commute by plane, train and automobile every day, you often dream of going unplugged,” said McCarthy, FYI’s senior VP of programming and development, in a statement. “Unplugged Nation serves as a vicarious wish-fulfillment for FYI viewers, who love to explore alternative living options. Viewers can follow along wondering if they could join the unplugged movement and thrive.”

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