Jun 18, 2013 12:09 PM EDT | Jonathan Lambert
TLC's Breaking Amish was supposed to be a breakout hit, but it left many wondering if the show was altogether fake. The network is trying to revamp the series with an all new cast, set in Los Angeles.
The show's first season, which premiered September 9, 2012, was set in New York City. Breaking led viewers to believe that this was the first time any of the cast had ever been to a real city.
This was totally false. All members of the cast had visited, if not lived in, a U.S. city, prior to taping. Media outlets soon reported this discrepancy, among others, and the ratings took a dive.
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The show is also widely criticized by the Amish community. They do not feel that the show represents their community in a good (or accurate) light.
Despite the failure and criticism, TLC is committed to filming a second season--with an all new cast in an all new location. TLC issues this comment in response to their decision:
"This season features brighter skies--and darker secrets--as the cast leave their homes and venture west to live together under one roof, experiencing a lot of 'firsts' along the way. Though they share similar backgrounds, they find their lives to be very different, and must not only work to adjust to a new city, but to each other as well. Their entire lives are at stake, as their family, faith, and community may reject them completely based on the decision to venture west."
The new season will premier July 21, on TLC. Check your local listings.
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