Amish: Out of Order producer Daniel Laikind recently shared his thoughts on filming tonight’s tragic episode, “Living Fast.”
“There is nothing in the reality TV producer’s handbook on how to deal with the death of a cast member of one of your shows. So when the phone rings and you are told that a teenager has died, you are forced to make some tough choices, ask people to do some difficult things and you hope to find some sort of balance between respect, responsibility and entertainment.
This week’s episode of Amish: Out of Order entitled “Living Fast” forced us to confront this very issue. And to be totally honest, I don’t exactly know how we did it or that we did it perfectly. But I do know, this was the hardest hour of television I have ever produced, and I know that the cast and crew of this episode fought through their emotions and delivered some remarkable work.
What occurred over the next few days and weeks following the news was a remarkable display of openness, access and raw emotion. We had our production team, who did have a true bond with the young man who died, fight through their own grief and show a professionalism that can’t be overstated. The rest of the cast, who are already reticent about allowing cameras into their personal lives, seemed to instantly grasp the fact that this was unique, that this was something that had to be shown and that allowing us into the process of grieving for their fallen friend would create a lasting memorial to him.”
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Amish: Out of Order: “Living Fast” premieres tonight at 9P et/pt.