Ready for Life Off the Grid?: GBTV Launches Reality Show Independence U.S.A. Posted on December 13, 2011 at 11:41am by Scott Baker Print »Email » Comments (149) Heres the news release: GBTV LAUNCHES ITS FIRST REALITY SHOW- INDEPENDENCE U.S.A. This January 2012, Join the Belcastro Family as They Prepare for an Independent Life Off the Grid Co-Production Between GBTV and The WorkShop, L.L.C. Whose Team Has Produced Shows For History, ESPN, HGTV, Travel Channel, Lifetime, Discovery Channel and TLC, Among Others (New York, NY December 13th, 2011) GBTV, Glenn Becks live streaming video network unveiled today its first reality show, Independence U.S.A. The show follows Frank Belcastro and his family as they try and become completely independent and prepare for life off the grid. Independence U.S.A. is being produced by GBTV and The WorkShop, L.L.C. whose team has produced shows for History, ESPN, ESPN Classic, Animal Planet, HGTV, trutv, Travel Channel, Lifetime, Discovery Channel, TLC, The Golf Channel, and Broadcast Syndication. The show will debut on January 18th 2012 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! Believing that America has become too reliant on a crumbling foundation, Frank is preparing his family for life off the grid, admiring the way people lived in the 19th century. Like them, he longs to become completely independent. So he is embarking on one project at a time hoping to prepare his family for the worst, such as building a car that runs on wood in case gasoline supplies are interrupted, becoming expert hunters when grocery stores are no longer in existence, and making his own alcohol for barter when the dollar collapses. Frank does it all with determination, intelligence, and good humor. Hell need all that and more, as he attempts to motivate a family that neither shares his fervor nor wishes to sacrifice the comforts and conveniences of 21st century life. In the series premiere- A Hunting We Will Go- we meet the Belcastros as they set out on a journey to be a self-sufficient family. Frank wants the family to be able to hunt and kill their own food but not every one is on board. Starting with making their own weapons Frank and his son Adam really learn an appreciation for the hunt but wonder if they will succeed. Joel Cheatwood, President of Programming at GBTV said: 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. Frank Belcastro said: This show, for me, is a fun and sometimes funny way to get people to open their eyes and see whats going on. Americans are so reliant on the infrastructure around them but when you can create something with your own hands and everybody works as a team, everybody does a part, you can focus on the positive of this. You can spend time with your family and your community. This announcement follows the recent news that GBTV signed a deal with Icebox, the innovative animation production company to jointly develop an animated comedy series. Since its launch, GBTV has already added a wide range of original programming including Liberty Tree House and the comedy news show The B.S. of A. GBTV features Glenns two-hour show, which is broadcast live weekdays from 5 to 7PM ET from a newly-built set designed by Glenn and his team at the iconic NEP Studios in Midtown Manhattan. The show, which will be moving to Dallas next year, features Glenns unique fusion of entertainment and enlightenment and includes contributors like Amy Holmes, Will Cain, S.E. Cupp and Raj Nair. Learn More About The Belcastro Family: Frank Belcastro The Man with the Plan A carpenter by trade, Franks not afraid to experiment in order to get his family one step closer to self-sufficiency but will he succeed? No idea is too big for Frank and he always sees them through. His family doesnt always agree with him, but theyre always on his side. Kim Belcastro The Skeptic Reluctant to accept change and always afraid of what shes going to come home and find, Kim is always there to question Franks ideas. Afterall, its her house too and when you bring Franks ideas to life anything can happen! Adam Belcastro The Wingman The youngest of the family, Adam is a local fire chief and Franks right hand man. No matter how crazy Franks idea is Adam is ready and willing to try it. Together this Father-Son team is unstoppable. Emma Belcastro The Realist Emma is so comfortable in modern society that she doesnt always see the point in her dads plans. She is always there to give Frank a hard time but at the end of the day she believes he has their best interest at heart.