UPN Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves announced during the Winter Television Press Tour that UPN would give viewers a glimpse of the ultimate fish out of water story.
The plans for the show include taking five 16-year-old Amish kids and sticking them in a house in a city with five mainstream kids. The required viewing factor will supposedly come from watching these young Amish kids encounter things and circumstances that most people deal with daily, including decadent temptations.
The idea for the show springs from an Amish tradition called “Rumspringa”, which translates to “running wild”. When Amish youth reach a certain age they taken outside of the close knit Amish community so they can subject themselves to the temptations of the outside world, to determine if they’re faith is strong enough to become a full fledged member of the church.
The location for the show has not been
selected yet and “Amish in the City” is only the working title, but UPN
is eyeing the new series for a summer run.