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Thom Beers and Discovery serve up a postapocolyptic series

The Colony, a series produced by Original Productions and Discovery Channel that made its debut on July 21, has a unique premise for a reality show, especially one airing on Discovery. The idea is this: a viral outbreak has decimated the world's population, there is chaos, Los Angeles is devastated and ten strangers try to rebuild a society in a warehouse called the Sanctuary. The warehouse and situations are staged, and the ten contestants are called 'volunteers.'
July 22, 2009

The Colony, a series produced by Original Productions and Discovery Channel that made its debut on July 21, has a unique premise for a reality show, especially one airing on Discovery. The idea is this: a viral outbreak has decimated the world’s population, there is chaos, Los Angeles is devastated and ten strangers try to rebuild a society in a warehouse called the Sanctuary. The warehouse and situations are staged, and the ten contestants are called ‘volunteers.’

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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