Friday, October 5, 2012

BYU-TV To Air New Reality Series "The District", Which Follows Mormon Missionaries In San Diego

Finally......a reality T.V. show that's not only credible, but can also be watched by people of faith without becoming nauseated by ungodly behavior and language. BYU-TV is launching a new reality T.V. show called "The District", which follows eight missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around as they share the Gospel in San Diego, CA. Media stories from the Salt Lake Tribune and BYU-TV.

Summary: "The District" will premier on BYU-TV on Sunday October 7th, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. MDT, and is the first reality series to follow missionaries on their rounds. The eight-week-long series follows six male missionaries and two female missionaries from across the country as they work to spread their faith in San Diego. It is completely unscripted, and the missionaries are real. Film crews followed the missionaries six days a week for three months, ending up with about 800 hours of footage to edit; the series captures the variability of mission life, documenting successes and disappointments. Subsequent episodes will air at the same time each Sunday until completion.

When the LDS Church began filming the segments three years ago, their original intent was merely to make training videos for new missionaries. But because of increased public interest in the Church fueled by Mitt Romney's candidacy, as well as the success of the reality series concept in mainstream television, the creators were soon inspired to expand the project into an actual reality series. According to Scott Swofford, director and producer of the series and director of content for BYU Broadcasting, it is the first time the Church has really allowed such an intimate level of access to the process of being a missionary.

How about that -- a reality series with no F-bombs, and the only time you hear the Lord's name uttered will be in prayer.

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