Finding a Path for Wayward Souls: New TLC Series Places Those at a Crossroads With the Brothers and Sisters of the Cloth
- TLC Goes Inside Rarely Seen Monasteries for Unique Personal Journeys -
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 13 -- TLC will premiere a
groundbreaking new series that places men and women at a critical life stage
into a monastery to embark on a spiritual journey. The announcement was made
today by TLC's executive vice president and general manager David Abraham from
the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in Pasadena.
The series -- FORTY DAYS, FORTY NIGHTS (w.t.) -- premiering in June 2006,
will follow two groups of men and women who separately live, study, work and
think with all-male and all-female monastic regimes. Filming is set to begin
in two separate undisclosed locations in the United States over the next two
weeks. Five men will film for 40 days in one secluded location while five
women will shoot for 40 days at another. None of the participants know the
particulars of where they will go and what they will do on a daily basis, but
all of them know they will live in a monastery where they will be subject to
the rules and traditions of monastic life. Cameras will have unprecedented
access to the inner sanctum sanctorum of both monasteries -- and the
individuality and commonality each affords.
"FORTY DAYS is a social, spiritual and learning experiment in which people
experience the intensity of monastic life," said Abraham. "The purpose is not
religious conversion per se, but it is to expose people to the reality of
unplugging from modern life completely and creating the opportunity to explore
their beliefs in a contemplative environment. The tone of the series will be
thoughtful and respectful to the brothers and sisters who have made their
monastery home to our production team and the participants in the series."
The documentary series bridges the divide and makes a connection between
the countercultural values of monastic life and the real struggles of the
secular life. The men and women chosen for FORTY DAYS, FORTY NIGHTS (w.t.)
come from all walks of life and are facing inner struggles. And each will
begin a parallel journey both spiritually and psychologically. The series is
the story of the participants as they live in a monastery, not about the
dynamics of the monastic community itself.
FORTY DAYS, FORTY NIGHTS (w.t.) is produced by Tiger/Tigress Productions
for TLC. Christine Weber is the executive producer and Sara Woodford is the
series producer for Tiger/Tigress Productions, and Mark Finkelpearl is the
executive producer for TLC.
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