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. Diedre

    Are they going to show the guys beating their wives and girl friends?

    July 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  2. mike

    The prophet mohammed married and slept with a 9 year old girl.... is this gonna be mentioned on this new show??? Of course not. They do not want to intelligently debate whats actually in the quran and hadith. The show will be simply liberal/islamic propaganda.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Paul

      Exactly how is your comment "intelligent debate"? How exactly does what a person may have done over a thousand years ago pertain to Muslim families in the US today?

      Hint: it doesn't - you're just another ignorant bigot.

      July 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • mike

      Paul, since the muslims tout mohammed as their prime prophet and example to follow, what he did has a lot of relevance to present muslims in the US.

      And you are a fsking stupid sh!thead. P!ss off and fsck off.

      July 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  3. The Way It Is

    More people have commented on this show than are going to watch it.

    Maybe we should give TLC some other ideas for snoozer shows. How about these:

    "Dinner With The Amish"

    "The Dalai Lama's Best Elk Hunting Tips"

    "A Muslim's Guide to Holding Your Liquor"

    "How Anti-Depressants Help You Be A Better Mormon"

    July 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • mike


      July 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  4. drnight

    If you wonder why this series might be a good idea, read the rest of the comments here.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  5. Roelof

    I hope they don't make it real as 54 year old marrying a 6 year old. People who call that holy should search a psychiatrist.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Shahriarzadeh

      Go do some research before commenting here. I know you will say that's what my dad told me, but your dad was an illiterate lazy butt as much you are, who couldn't go to a library or Google search about who was Mohammad and what is Islam.

      July 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  6. Jokesterer

    I bet the pilot episode deals with hilarious bumbling attempts at hygiene.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  7. jasonda

    Take your b.s. propaganda conversion videos somewhere else– like to the underside of muhammed's 13 year old wives place where the sun don't shine.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  8. Roelof

    When do American get infidel shows??

    July 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  9. Roelof

    Yeeuuuhh!! Put terror in the harts of Michigans.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  10. BCA

    All religion is stupid. We don't need reality shows to prove it.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  11. Derek

    Theres nothing good on tv now, come Nov its gona be even worse

    July 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  12. B.Slider


    July 24, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  13. stas

    Typical liberal media attempting to manipulate minds; we see this everyday. Wonder if one of the families will be the one where the father ran down the daughter with his car because she became too "Americanized". I doubt it. It is not being a Muslim that is the problem but the religion itself which basically requires the entire society to be under Shia Law. Very difficult to be Muslim and not have this. In Europe, we see the violence that ensues when Shia Law does not rule. In America, it is a bit quieter for now but that will change – one need only to look to the Minneapolis taxi drivers and see their reaction when the drivers finally achieved a Muslim majority. But the "libbies' here will spout their rhetoric – it would be funny if it weren't so sad! Remember the liberal adage "we are right, you just haven't figured that out yet".

    July 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Dresden23

      So TLC shows Sarah Palin's Alaska and there's nothing wrong with that? Nothing wrong with the conservative media pushing forward their little starlet to mold the mind of Americans into accepting that only she understands what real Americans are and decide who isn't a real American? Ofcourse I'm only being sarcastic, it's the same channel. TLC is not part of your idiotically named liberal meda, since it gave Sarah a chance to do her show and now Muslims get the chance to do their own. Stop getting angry because people are excercising their right to free speech, everyone deserves the opportunity. The BIll of Rights exist for all Americans, not just people you agree with or like. As for your "muslims are evil because their religion is the root of evil," really? Again? I thought you would have woken up from that after the Norway Massacre or the Casey Anthony trial, one a case of a mad man who just so happened to be Christian and the other a case of a mad woman who wasn't muslim but was a terrible mother. Bad people do bad things, that's always been the case. Stop connecting the false dots to the cover explanation they give for their actions. You're free to say what you want though, as I said before everyone get's first amendment rights, even you.

      July 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • MrMe

      You really need to broaden the scope of your sources of information. You're way behind the rest of America when it comes to identifying propaganda.

      July 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • jasonda

      Exactly. I'm sure TLC is only going to cast Muslims in the most positive light possible. We don't need Muslims here– they should stay in the Middle East, just like they don't want Christians there, thank you.

      July 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  14. elenore

    One thing people should know Metro Detroit is the most racial and religiously diverse metropolis in America.This is not new.It has been this way for like 100 yrs.Muslims are not new to Detroit either.Half the immigrants of middle eastern decent in the Metro are in fact Christians and half the Muslims are black Americans in Metro Detroit.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • jasonda

      And we see how well Detroit is doing, huh? Whites are fleeing that place, and you wonder why? ONLY WHITE NATIONS are ever called upon to be more diverse– India with over a billion Indians, China with other a billion Chinese, etc are not ever called on to be more "diverse." It is always white nations such as European ones, Australia and the US which are called upon to be more diverse. The result, of course, is to basically destroy white culture and the white race.

      Go to the middle east and so how tolerant they are of non-muslims. Give me a break. THey can stay there, thank you.

      July 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Meat Puupet

      Please provide some validation for your claim for the diversity capital of NA. One thing for sure Detroit leads the nation in the number of federal agents assigned to watching the Muslims – black or white. Who are you kidding a lot of the financial problems in Detroit are a direct result of the Muslim population sucking the welfare budgets dry ................
      Based upon my last trip to Detroit I can safely say it is the Litter Box of the United States

      July 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • hclaude98

      @jasonda, I do agree with you that white nations are asked to be more diverse.

      But I have to say that you are completely WRONG of blanket comment of the middle east not being tolerant.
      I've been to Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar, did you know that in each of these Muslim nations, non-Muslims and foreigners are equal in # than the locals???? And foreigners (non-Muslims like Hindu Indians, Christians like Russians, Dutch, Americans etc.) flock to live and work there!!!!!

      July 24, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • jasonda

      Why are Europe, Australia and the United States all being invaded by Muslims who live by draconian, merciless laws? They DO NOT conform to any place they move to– they demand those places to change to conform to them. All the while they go there and breed like rabbits, having 7 or 8 kids each woman in many cases, and expect the host governments to support them and to make special concessions for their children in schools, etc. I guarantee you they are not going to accept and fund your children and accept your non-muslim religion in their countries.

      July 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Diedre

      Sure. uhhuh.

      In another blow to the Motor City’s tarnished image, Detroit pushed past St. Louis to become the nation’s most dangerous city, according to a private research group’s controversial analysis, released Sunday, of annual FBI crime statistics.

      Now what were you saying about diversity?

      July 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  15. George


    July 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • B.Slider


      July 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  16. George

    How the Bible Led Me to Islam: The Story of a Former Christian Youth Minister – Joshua Evans

    July 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  17. George

    How the Bible Led Me to Islam: The Story of a Former Christian Youth Minister – Joshua Evans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYMKQKSV0bY

    July 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  18. The Loon

    yeah, there will be very little reality in this show

    July 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  19. GM

    I am sure the show will be a well oiled peace of Islamic propaganda.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Bozobub

      What propaganda? That (*GASP!*) there are normal, nonextremist Muslims all over the world, who eat food, go to work, sleep, go to school, and pretty much do every damn thing you do? Oh, the EEEEEVIL propaganda xD ...

      You're an idiot =) .

      July 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • B.Slider

      YEah, I'm sure it will show their child molesting, poor hygienic, bigoted way of life just like it really is!!!

      July 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  20. jamie1uu9

    Good job TLC!!!

    About time some TV station showed us the other side.

    Also we need to END wars in the middle east, save our nation from debt crisis.Yes answer to ending DEBT CRISIS is ENDING WARS!

    It WASTES our money and does not help anyone at all (Except maybe the nation of Iszrael)!

    July 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • B.Slider

      first of all, you illiterate moron, why not learn how to spell, and then do us all a favor and go bathe, or else we are all coming by to tip your trailer over!!!

      July 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • makesenseorgohome

      B Slider, jamie makes more sense than you ever could . He has insight and an opinion.
      What do you have? A hateful bias and nothing more. And possibly you are from Iszrael too, there I chose not to spell it correctly either. Stop iszraeli apartheid and control of the world politics and it from draining the US's wealth for their wars and we will all be a lot well off! GET that thru your thick head and while you are at it take a shower you iszraelli shumck

      July 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Yournameisntclever

      Makesenseorgohome is a raging idiot who doesn't know the meaning of apartheid, the history of the mideast conflict, or the phrase "hateful bias." Go peddle your own hateful bias somewhere else if you're not going to be making any logical points. Holy hell.

      July 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
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