Well, it looks like Discovery fans have spoken, and what they want is more Amish Mafia. After pulling in an average of 3.3 million viewers per episode in its first season and ranking as the number two cable show on the Wednesday line-up, Discovery has decided to renew Amish Mafia for a second season.
The “reality” show features eight hour-long episodes following a man who calls himself “Lebanon Levi” and his partners as they protect their Amish community in Lancaster County, Pa. I hear that horse bandits and thieves are plenty around those parts (I kid, I kid).
While Discovery has admitted that much of the show is actually re-creations of events, and Amish experts have dismissed the idea of an “Amish” mafia as a laughable falsity, fans don’t seem to have a problem with this little bit of controversy. Like the TLC hit Breaking Amish, television viewers are devouring any and all programming that promises horses, Amish buggies and wide brimmed hats.
Season two is a ways down the road still, but Discovery aired a special on Sunday, March 3rd called Amish Mafia: Amish Exorcism, which gave viewers a closer look at two of Lebanon Levi’s partners as they “engaged in an Amish exorcism to bring their demon-haunted brother back to the flock”.