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TLC PICKS UP “BREAKING AMISH” SPIN-OFF SERIES

New series “Return to Amish” (WT) with original cast set to premiere June 2014

(New York, NY ) TLC’s highest-rated freshmen series ever 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, and then followed them as they traveled south to Sarasota, FL. TLC is now in production with 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, slated to premiere in June 2014.

Since the Sarasota trip, the entire group has decided to return back to the PA area with the exception of Kate who has decided to stay in NYC. With two new babies on the way, the original group is growing fast. Abe and Rebecca prepare to welcome their baby into the family with both Amish and English traditions as they continue to adjust to married life. Viewers will also be a part of Sabrina’s journey as she goes through the ups and downs of her pregnancy. Jeremiah’s love life and current job situation is also highlighted throughout the new series, as is Mary’s ongoing struggles with being shunned by the community. And as Andrew is newly released from jail, he tries to start fresh with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Chapel, as well as his relationship with his entire family – a work in progress at best. Cameras also follow Kate as she officially becomes a New Yorker – living on her own, dating in the big city, and continuing with her budding modeling career.

RETURN TO AMISH (WT) is produced by Hot Snakes Media for TLC.

About TLC

TLC is a global brand that celebrates extraordinary people and relatable life moments through innovative nonfiction programming. A top 10 cable network in key female demos, TLC has built successful consumer brands around series including Cake Boss, and has transformed Fridays into “BrideDay” with a lineup of wedding-themed programming anchored by the Say Yes To The Dress franchise. In 2013, TLC had 32 series averaging 1 million P2+ viewers or more, including seven series that averaged 2 million P2+ viewers or more, the most ever in a year: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sister Wives, Long Island Medium, The Little Couple, Who Do You Think You Are?, Breaking Amish: Brave New World, and Breaking Amish: LA. 

TLC is available in nearly 99 million homes in the US and 329 million households in 167 markets internationally. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites, exclusive video content, and original editorial covering style, home, food, and more. Fans can also interact with TLC via On Demand services, on mobile platforms, and through social media such as Facebook or @TLC on Twitter. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA,DISCB, DISCK), the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in 224 countries and territories.

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