UPN To Air Amish Series on WednesdaysBy Michelle
July 9, 2004 - 1:36 AM
UPN has quietly wrapped production on the controversial reality series Amish in the City and will air the show after Star Trek: Enterprise reruns in August.
Variety reported (via Yahoo!) that UPN and New Line Television filmed Amish in the City in secrecy over the past two months after both television critics and politicians urged the network to drop the series, which puts five Amish and six urban youth together as roommates in a Hollywood Hills home.
Many critics assumed that the project had been shelved when UPN did not put the series on the schedule unveiled in New York at the upfront presentations in May. But the network apparently hoped that, with several episodes already completed, reviewers would watch the show before judging it further. "Foremost in our minds as we went forward was to treat with the highest respect the young Amish people who were entering a world they had never before experienced," UPN president Dawn Ostroff announced.
During the coming-of-age ritual known as rumspringa, Amish youth are permitted to explore outside their communities. On the series, the Amish attended a movie premiere, visited the ocean for the first time and took a helicopter ride. The urban roommates took part in the same activities.
Amish in the City will premiere from 8-10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28th, and will continue to air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. The original article is here.