DEARBORN - Cable TV channel TLC has picked up a new reality series titled “All-American Muslim” that will document the lives of five Muslim families that reside in Dearborn.
|Sisters Suehaila (left) and Shadia Amen will be among the subjects of TLC's new show, which follows the lives of local Arab American Muslims and is scheduled to air this fall.|
The series illustrates "how these individuals negotiate universal family issues while remaining loyal to the traditions and beliefs of their religious faith — and how they simultaneously defy the assumptions and stereotypes prevalent in today's society," according to a press release from Discovery Communications.
"We wanted to show there was diversity even within the Muslim community," said TLC General Manager Amy Winter. "These are families that might have beliefs that are different than yours, but we are all living similar daily lives and hopefully we will bring that to light."
Some of the Dearborn residents on the show include a football coach, a law enforcer, and a family that includes two sisters, one who wears the hijab and one who doesn’t, and how their lives differ from one another.
“I don’t have a camel parked in my backyard,” joked Suehaila Amen, one of the featured participants on the show, in an already filmed episode.
Asked if TLC expects a backlash from viewers and advertisers, Winter said, "We usually find with TLC that the backlash occurs as soon as we start marketing something and once viewers experience the show, we get a far different response."
The eight episode series, which began taping this month, is set to air this November on the network.