Yes, you read that right. Discovery Channel will air the series premier of “Amish Mafia” on Wednesday, December 12 at 9pm, with a sneak peak on Tuesday, 12/11 at 10:30pm. A number of local Penn Yanners (Penn Yan is a small town in the central Finger Lakes region) reported they recognized Jolin Zimmerman in the trailer. The show was filmed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and features four men–Levi, Alvin, Jolin, and John. Jolin is described as a “Mennonite foot soldier” in Discovery’s description of the show, and is the blond-haired man wielding a shotgun in the show’s official trailer (identified in this NY Post article).
I’m having a hard time figuring out if this is for real, and I don’t think I’m alone. IMDB.com lists Amish Mafia as Reality TV, although the show has been described as a “fraudulent lie” in an article on lancasteronline.com. Actually every public opinion I read about the show is negative. Here’s a story from Lancaster’s local ABC affiliate (with video).
What do you think? Is it real? Is it fake? I wish I knew!
Here are a few additional promo videos from the show, which premiers this week.