TLC will follow three families as they go off the grid on its new series “Risking It All,” which premieres on Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. ET.
The families will say goodbye to the comforts they’ve become used to in an extreme move to repair their various relationship problems.
That means giving up most of their belongings, technological gadgets like smartphones and tablets, to live life as simply as they can. There’s no electricity where these folks are going, nor is there running water. But they believe it’s all worth it if they could become a closer family.
Each family has a its own unique reason for taking the jump to living off the grid, ranging from saving a marriage to dealing with family illness to regaining control of their relationships.
Produced by Twofour America, “Risking It All” will document the families’ journey, from unloading personal belongings, saying goodbye to relatives and friends, building a new home and facing the challenges of a life living off nature and their wits. Will the move bring them closer or tear them apart?
Watch TheWrap’s exclusive preview of the series above. And below, read TLC’s bios for each family:
The Kemps: David and Shay Kemp are happily married with five kids, but David’s work schedule took over his life and left little time for his family. When David was laid off from his job, they reevaluated everything and realized the pressures to keep up with modern-day demands proved to be very difficult in their current situation. They are determined to go off the grid to reconnect and bring themselves back to their core values. The family is ready to leave the comforts of their suburban home in exchange for a life living off the land, but not without serious reservations.
The Elliotts: Tina and Blake Elliott are searching for a more holistic lifestyle to support Tina who is suffering from degenerative arthritis. With three animal-loving daughters and their pets in tow, the family plans to move to Oregon where the temperate climate is favorable for growing produce and raising livestock. Blake wants to build a house from the ground up, and the whole crew will have to support and pitch in for them to successfully live on the land. Their most emotional challenge is sending one of their daughters off to college, and the family must decide if their self-sufficient life is worth it.
The Watfords: Brett and Callie Watford are striving to save their marriage and believe that eliminating external distractions will bring them closer together and closer to their family. With four sons who are attached to their electronics and games, the Watfords must convince their boys that unplugging from the outside world will be filled with adventure and ultimately strengthen their family. Brett has a background in construction, but this relocation will be a test of his skills as he must provide shelter and clean water for his whole family.