Official cast photo from TLC
The once quiet, under-the-radar Amish enclave in a sleepy corner of Sarasota, Florida is now the backdrop for the second season of Breaking Amish which debuted last night on TLC. Pinecraft, Florida is "low hanging fruit" for reality TV production companies. Rather than deal with the bishops and more tightly cloistered communities in more traditional Amish areas up north, they often head to Pinecraft where there is a more transient, tolerant population. My guess is that they couldn't find a receptive place up north to film season II, so they chose Pinecraft. And it's not that Pinecraft welcomes the show (quite the opposite), it's just that the show was better able to blend in among the comings and goings of Pinecraft and its more urban ambiance than it would be able to other places. Anyway, residents of Pinecraft aren't happy with the show either. Are you watching? If so, what do you think?