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TLC Picks Up ‘Breaking Amish’ Spinoff, ‘Return to Amish’

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 12:21pm PST

amish-1-webTLC has picked up its Breaking Amish spinoff series, tentatively titled Return To Amish with the original cast set to return. A premiere date will be set for this coming June. The original Breaking Amish, which premiered in fall of ’2012 is TLC’s highest-rated freshmen series ever;  it introduced viewers to five young men and women who chose to leave their sheltered Amish and Mennonite lives to experience New York City together for the first time. A previous spinoff, Breaking TLC_logo__130912234353Amish: Brave New World, followed them as they traveled south to Sarasota, FL. TLC has now ordered a new spin-off series that follows Abe, Rebecca, Sabrina, Jeremiah, and Kate as they continue to acclimate to their new lives while still applying some Amish traditions to holidays and major life events. Mary, Katie Ann, and Andrew all return as well, and viewers are finally introduced to Chester (Mary’s husband), Chapel (Andrew’s girlfriend) and Kayla (Rebecca’s daughter). The network has ordered six hour-long episodes from Hot Snakes Media. TLC describes the spinoff:
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TLC To Debut Two Series About People Trying to Leave FLDS Church

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT

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.

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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.

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TLC’s ‘Breaking Amish’ Spin-Off Debuts Sharply Down From Original’s Finale

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 1:28pm PDT

Abe, Rebecca, Kate, Sabrina and Jeremiah may have worn out their welcome. Sunday’s debut of TLC’s Breaking Amish: Brave New World garnered 2.14 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among Adults 19-49. That’s way down from the 3.1 million viewers who watched the September 9 premiere of the fish out of water Breaking Amish last year. That show was the highest-rated debut in two years for the network in total viewers and in the 25-54 demo. Sunday’s spin-off debut is also nearly 45% down from the 3.8 million (1.7 rating) who tuned in for the season 1 finale on November 13. Brave New World picks up the original cast’s stories nine months after the first season ended. A second season of Breaking Amish, with a whole new cast, is scheduled to debut later this year.

Despite proving a ratings hit with 3.2 million viewers on average watching the first season, the original Breaking Amish was repeatedly hit with allegations of fakery, fraud and slight of hand almost from its premiere. Even TLC admitted about halfway through the first season that some of the stories about the show’s cast — like them not knowing each other beforehand and not being so new to big-city life — were not true. The network later aired Read More »

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‘Breaking Amish’ Spin-Off Coming In May From TLC; Season 2 To Premiere This Summer

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT

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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TLC Bringing ‘Breaking Amish’ Back For Season 2

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 10:00am PST

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 season. It will still feature Season 1 cast members Abe, Rebecca, Kate, Sabrina and Jeremiah. Breaking Amish’s first season chronicled the five Amish and Mennonite young adults leaving their isolated community behind for the big city. Despite proving a ratings hit — with 3.2 million viewers on average watching the first season — the show was hit with rumors of fakery, fraud and slight of hand almost from its September 9 debut. TLC admitted about halfway through the season that some of the stories about the show’s cast not knowing each other beforehand and not quite being so new to big-city life were false. The network later aired two one-hour reunion specials hosted by with Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle to address some of the rumors, though much was left unexplored or unexplained. Breaking Amish is produced by Hot Snakes Media.

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TLC’s ‘Breaking Amish’ Reunion Specials Downplay Fraud Rumors

By | Sunday November 18, 2012 @ 9:31pm PST

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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TLC’s ‘Breaking Amish’ Reunion Specials To Address Fraud Rumors

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 12:15pm PDT

Breaking Amish TLCA 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 »

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TLC Admits ‘Breaking Amish’ Bends Truth

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 4:35pm PDT

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 it is not true, but some of it is — and is addressed in upcoming episodes,” TLC said today. The show, which chronicles five adults ages 20-32 as they leave behind their isolated community for electricity, jeans and New York City, premiered to 3.1 million viewers September 9, making it the highest-rated debut in two years for the network in total viewers and in the 25-54 demo. But according to a 2011 photo posted online, two of the show’s stars have not only been to a big city before, they’ve also worn modern clothes before, were a couple before the show began and seem to have a baby. Claims of staging and other sleights of hand have long been common in the TV reality world, but the photo brings up just one of a number of questions surrounding the authenticity of the series, which producer Hot Snakes Media has claimed provides a “first time” look at its cast’s experience with modern life. Stay tuned.

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