Discovery Communications’ TLC today announced it had ordered two new projects that take viewers into “the hidden world of the FLDS church.” One is about about insiders trying to leave the church; the second follows an outsider who helps people break away. A sneak peek at the first, called Breaking the Faith, will air within the season finale of TLC’s Breaking Amish: LA, AMISH: LA this Sunday, September 29.
The FLDS religion remains one of the most secretive communities in America, a world of unquestioned authority, arranged marriage, and little contact to the outside world. Often in the headlines for its extreme beliefs and behaviors, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints continues to be led by its president – and self-described prophet – Warren Jeffs, despite his 2011 conviction on two felony counts of child sexual assault. With an estimated 10,000 followers of the church, no series has fully explored the experiences of individuals who choose to leave the compound – until now.
This fall, TLC premieres two new series that take viewers on a remarkable exploration of faith, fear, and strength, while providing very different perspectives: from insiders as they leave the faith, and from the outsider as they help people break away. The first, BREAKING THE FAITH, follows several young men and women who escape the community to start new lives. Then, ESCAPING THE PROPHET documents the efforts of former FLDS member Flora Jessup as she helps families flee the compound. READ MORE »
TLC announced today that Breaking Amish: Brave New World will debut May 12 at 10 PM, with a separate Season 2 of the original series to come sometime in the summer. The spinoff of the controversial Breaking Amish will reunite the cast from the first season of the reality series as they make new lives for themselves in Florida. Besides bringing Abe, Rebecca, Kate, Sabrina and Jeremiah back together, TLC also said today a second season of Breaking Amish will begin production this spring. The series will have a “new group of young Amish and Mennonite men and women who are eager to live a life beyond the limited upbringings they’ve known,” according to the network.
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The controversial Breaking Amish is returning for a second season in May, TLC said today. The network has ordered eight episodes of the fish-out-of-water reality show, which is moving from New York City to Florida for the upcoming … Read More »
Last month TLC promised that the Breaking Amish: The Shunning Truth specials would “address all of the swirling rumors and allegations” that have surrounded the authenticity of the reality show. But tonight on the last of the two-part cast reunion shows, the series’ Jeremiah, Kate, Sabrina, Rebecca, and Abe were mostly circumspect about the controversies and how much of the show was fake. The five avoided answering some questions from Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle. And the cast insisted that many other revelations of their prior experiences with the modern world, including DUIs and previous marriages, aren’t anyone else’s business. “They can believe whatever they want but if they want to know they can watch the show,” said Rebecca about the cast’s lives. “I don’t give a [beeped out] what anybody thinks.”
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A month ago, amidst accusations that its hit reality show Breaking Amish was bogus, TLC said the truth would be “addressed in upcoming episodes.” Today the network finalized those dates:. A two-part cast reunion special will air after the show’s season finale November 11 and on November 18. Breaking Amish’s Jeremiah, Kate, Abe, Rebecca, and Sabrina will sit down with Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle for the one-hour shows to “speak candidly about their experience in New York and address all of the swirling rumors and allegations,” TLC said in statement today. “They also disclose where their relationships currently stand with their family and friends, and tackle the rumors and questions about the authenticity of their Amish and Mennonite backgrounds.” Read More »
TLC’s new reality show Breaking Amish is not quite what it appears to be, and now the network is admitting it. “There is a lot of information floating around about the group featured on Breaking Amish. Much of … Read More »