July 22nd, 2011
12:44 PM ET

New reality series tracks lives of American Muslims

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - TLC is premiering a reality series about the lives of American Muslims this fall,  "All American Muslim," the cable TV network announced this week.

The series tracks five Muslim families living around Dearborn, Michigan, home to one of the nation's largest Muslim enclaves.

The series is about “inviting viewers into a world they might not otherwise experience,” said TLC's general manager Amy Winter in a press release.

"Through these families and their diverse experiences, we will explore how they blend their values and traditions with everyday life in America," Winter said in the Thursday release, "providing insight into their culture with care and compassion.”

The series, which premieres in November, tracks "very distinct lives that often times challenge the Muslim stereotype," according to the release.

Characters include a pair of tight-knit sisters, one of whom wears a traditional Islamic headscarf and one who sports piercings and tattoos and has recently married an Irish Catholic man who is converting to Islam.

Another character is a consultant to big auto manufacturer and struggles to strike a balance between work and raising a modern Muslim family, according to the TLC release.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released earlier this year found that 46% of all Americans have a favorable view of American Muslims, while 26% have an unfavorable view.

"Overall, positive views of American Muslims have risen since 2002, when memories of 9/11 were still fresh in most Americans' minds," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland in March, when the poll was released.

In 2002, only 39% of all Americans said they had a favorable view of Muslims.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Michigan • TV

soundoff (533 Responses)
  1. Meat Puupet

    It is with astonishment that I listen to a translated Somalian cable TV show that calls on all Muslims to reproduce and have as many children as possible – as soon as possible. Taking multiple wives if possible.
    The goal is to be able to over take the country by voting – admittedly this will take several generations. Just simple math.
    The same plan they have for western Europe and Canada – they learned it form the illegals in the US now.
    The Latino illegals become democrats – what party are the Muslims going to join?
    The real irony is that the American taxpayer is footing the bill via welfare for their own demise.

    July 24, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  2. Nasir

    BL..............HAHAHA HAHA ......that's hilarious!

    July 24, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  3. Bhasky

    Wud they show beheading too ?

    July 24, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  4. JAB

    This show is supposed to show us how American Muslims are just like everyone else here but its not true. Past generations of immigrants were more willing to integrate into our society. These people only integrate as far as they have to. That is because they don't value American ideals like the older waves did. True, there were bad people in previous waves, like the Mafia, and there are bad people in current waves like Columbian and Mexican drug cartels, but the Muslims will always have a harder time integrating because they put their religion first and that religion is at odds with freedom.

    July 24, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • mike

      Talk about a take over. Muslims are over running the country into the ground.

      July 24, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  5. Egyptian yes..a muslim no!

    i have no idea why would ppl watch a show like this...i escaped Egypt to avoid muslims and violence and live a quite life..you are blessed by being away from them...why are they trying to shove islam down everybody's throat?
    its a religion of hate and violence...if you aren't a muslim then you are worthless..your money and women are for grabs ...We as people living in America and other countries who have only a small number of muslim people should be againt Islamization ..againt them moving to our countries and trying to change laws and regulations...trying to be allowed to wake down the street wearing a "berqa" so u can't see if thats really a woman or a man or wutever..they wanna move and marry 4 women ..live on welfare and have as many kids as they want..people..Please Wake up!

    July 24, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  6. Shannon

    I will not watch this show...

    July 24, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  7. Warren

    Perhaps by exposing the lives of a variety of Muslims living in the US it will broaden people's understanding of different cultures and different religious views. More knowledge is seldom a bad thing. I will likely check this out if its broadcast up here in Canada.
    However, given the audience that typically seems to post on CNN forums, I doubt it will be enough. Ignorance, hatred and bigotry seem to be too entrenched in US society for there to be any quick change.

    July 24, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Shannon

      You are obviously brainwashed...

      July 24, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Casual Observer

      Canada is identified as having more radical Islamic then the US – all the those cells are all within 10 miles of the US border.
      They wander into Canada from Europe and then into the US.
      The Canadians have proved time after time that they are incapable making the hard immigration decisions to protect themselves and their neighbor – just a matter of time...........................................

      July 24, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • John

      Ah, a self righteous foreigner coming to an American site to bash Americans… do you have a life?

      July 24, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  8. BL

    "The Real Housewives of Osama bin Laden"

    July 24, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  9. CF

    An honor killing will send the ratings through the roof.

    July 24, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  10. BigJohn4USA

    Thank God (Not Allah) we still have a ON/OFF Switch on the TV. 1984 isn't here yet.. A big YET.

    July 24, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Doctor Electron

      Yet another one who should at least make an effort to learn something other that what your preacher, Glen Beck, and Sarah Palin tell you. Allah is God. The Christian, Hebrew, and Muslim God/Allah/Yaweh are one in the same. If you spend so much time with your Bible maybe you should actually read some of what Jesus says about how we should treat our fellow man rather than being led around by the nose by those who twist it to suit their political views.

      July 24, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • DrDMented

      You are another example of the ignorance that still exists in American society. I will watch this show with an open mind even after losing a good friend recently to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Not all Muslims are radicals as well as not all Christians are bible bashers. You need to think for yourself and not be a zombie follower of other ignorant fools.

      July 24, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  11. Meki60

    should name it 'Idiots Today'

    July 24, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  12. wendy5

    i for one wont be watching; why are they trying to push this crap on people who cares just dont import anymore of them; they all congragate in michigan wonder how high the welfare is their; people dont want them in our country look what just happened in norway the guy went nuts because these people are invading their country and they dont like them; why do you think the put animals in seperate cages at the zoo;

    July 24, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • SSG Neo


      You realize Islam is not a race or nationality right?? Because there are white and black muslims... And when you say "our country" you realize that unless you are Native indian, you are just an immigrant like everyone else in this country. It's amazing the ignorance people display in these forums. There is thousends of muslim that serve "YOUR" country and have died to protect it... So stop talking nonsense go do positive something for "YOUR" country instead of instegating hatered.

      July 24, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • John

      So SSG, are you also willing to say Israel is the Israel’s and not the Palestinians… since I guess I am no longer an American in your eyes….

      July 24, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  13. Islamophobia is getting old

    @ou812 and Bobby
    Really and apparently Christianity is inherently superior so its only muslims who advocate violence in the name of religion and who are anti-liberalism. How's this?

    July 24, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • lostmind

      Religion is getting old.

      July 24, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Islamophobia is getting old

      Hold individuals accountable don't demonize every1 belonging to a particular grp. There are extremists in every group.

      July 24, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  14. jack spired

    they will use this to carefully try to improve their image in order to try and get more converts

    July 24, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Conan the Librarian

      I thought that they converted people with AK-47's, car bombs and the occasional beheading
      nothing like gouging out the eyes of a 12 year old who looked at a National Geo to get new members
      don't think that any "reality" is going to be shown

      July 24, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  15. Bob


    July 24, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  16. JesusCrust

    Everyone knows you can't polish a turd.. but TLC will try

    July 24, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • lostmind

      Better try again Mythbusters polished a turd. :-}

      July 24, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  17. bob

    IMHO, a better series would show what is preached in the Muslim mosques.

    July 24, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  18. ou812

    Do they give them AK-47's before the show starts ?

    July 24, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • LKJ

      That was really an ignorant remark. Believe me, if even 5% of Muslims were violent, you would know it. Ninety-nine percent of us, at least, are just trying to quietly live our lives and raise our children.

      July 24, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • Brian

      Sure and you can put on your hood and white robe before you watch it

      July 24, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  19. Harvey Wallbanger

    If you don't like the show, then don't watch it. If you REALLY don't like the show then don't buy products from any of the show's sponsors. If your neighbor likes the show, then he has every right to watch it.

    The show itself will either succeed or fail depending on if make money (i.e. ratings).

    July 24, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • eyesopen

      key word is money. where is the money coming from. love the converting part. wonder if he had the choice of dying or converting.

      July 24, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  20. Bobby

    STOP trying to shove ISLAM down my throat
    Islam's values are so anti Liberal...but all you liberals stand & support Islam
    Mohammed must be laughing in his grave

    July 24, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Satchuel

      Who is trying to shove Islam down your throat? Simply because there is a show on tv, doesn't mean anyone is shoving it down your throat. Do you not have a remote to turn the channel? Can you simply not watch the show? Last time I checked, no one said watching this show was mandantory. Chill out and have another beer and watch another tractor pull if that makes you happy.

      July 24, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • LKJ

      How is this shoving Islam down anyone's throat? Muslims are active members of American society. Shouldn't we be represented too?

      July 24, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • JLS639

      I wish they would stop shoving fishing down my throat. There are these fishing shows on television, I cannot tell you when they are on because I never watch them, but broadcasting them is shoving fishing down my throat!
      [The preceding comment is meant to have an ironic tone]

      July 24, 2011 at 10:04 am |
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