TLC’s “All-American Muslim” reality series — about a large community of American Muslims in Dearborn, Mich. — will have some of its characters traveling to New York City in this Sunday’s episode to visit Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The show attracted attention earlier this month when a Christian fundamentalist group in Florida called it “propaganda” that hid an anti-American agenda and urged an advertiser boycott. Lowe’s, the giant hardware chain, responded by pulling its ads from the controversial show.
Filming for the series took place in New York last September. TLC General Manager Amy Winter told the Associated Press that both the show’s participants and the network wanted to address the issues related to the attacks, with some of the people interviewed saying it had made life difficult for them even though they are loyal Americans.
One TV columnist — Michael Starr of the New York Post — has already seen the episode, and he didn’t find anything objectionable about these Muslim Americans visiting the attack site. Instead, as he wrote in his column here, he didn’t like the way producers contrived a “cross-over” with another TLC series, “N.Y. Ink,” with cast members from “All-American Muslim” finding their way to the “N.Y. Ink” tattoo parlor during their visit to the Big Apple and getting tattoos.
“All-American Muslim” ends Jan. 8. TLC hasn’t decided whether there will be a second season. The 9/11 episode — subtitled “The Day the World Changed” — airs this Sunday night, Jan. 1, at 10/9c on TLC.