TIME magazine's James Poniewozik ponders this in a thoughtful piece about the groundbreaking and controversial TLC reality show, whose debut we live-blogged on Multi-American several months ago. "All-American Muslim," which followed several American Muslims and their families in Dearborn, Michigan, became the subject of an advertising brouhaha after a Florida Christian-right activist began pressuring companies to pull their advertising. Lowe's Home Improvement in fact did so, along with another company, and took considerable heat for it.
TLC has cited low ratings as the cause of death. It's hard to know what other factors may have contributed to the show's demise, but it's a loss, Poniewozik writes: