Cablers in a frenzy for Amish shows

Nat Geo Channel developing series about subculture's businesses

The nation’s Amish communities continue to be an unlikely breeding ground for unscripted programs. National Geographic Channel is developing a series from Leftfield Pictures that will examine how the Amish conduct business.

The project is in the early stages of development at Nat Geo, which is no stranger to Amish-centric programming. The cabler debuted “Amish: Out of Order” in April, and has dabbled in the genre in the past with one-off specials including “Amish at the Altar” and “Amish on Break.”

“Amish: Out of Order” aired a few months before TLC struck gold with “Breaking Amish,” which spurred other cablers to charge deeper into the insular Amish subculture.

“Breaking Amish” wrapped its run on TLC last month after sparking controversy about the veracity of the show’s docu-style portrayal of youths leaving their rural homes for the first time. TLC sibling Discovery Channel is unveiling a new series, “Amish Mafia,” on Dec. 12.

Amish fever has even spread to the scripted realm. Lifetime will bow telepic “An Amish Murder” on Jan. 6.

Nat Geo and Leftfield Pictures are already in business on the demolition-themed series “Bid & Destroy,” which premiered earlier this year.

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