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Viewers will also learn useful information about survival skills, she said.

Winners will be selected by a panel of survival experts, with viewers given a say through social media. The families involved and the judges haven’t been selected for the series, produced by reality TV maven Craig Piligian and Pilgrim Studios.

Although only six episodes have been ordered, Ms. Levy said there’s no reason that “Last Family on Earth” couldn’t last several seasons if it’s successful.

That will presume, of course, that the world doesn’t end in December.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports