New Orleans -- FamilyNet is expanding its programming roster with original
productions and an import from PBS.
The religious and family-values channel -- which is now available to some 33
million TV households through cable systems and broadcast stations -- will take
its turn at the reality genre this summer.
Cameras will follow 12 Christian teen-agers to California for 16 days this
July, during which they will surf with a Christian ministry, attend a church on
the beach and scale mountains in Yosemite National Park.
The adventures will be converted into 13-half hour episodes, slated to air
this fall as TruthQuest: California.
The network has also begun production on a documentary, Faith of Our
Fathers, examining the religious and spiritual roots of the men and women
who founded this country.
The 60-minute film will carry viewers from the pre-Revolutionary period
through the formation of the Constitution in 1787.
Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton will join FamilyNet's kids' programming
lineup later this year.
Exclusive versions of 13 episodes of Mary Lou's Flip Flop Shop will
espouse Biblical principles, as well as moral values. Meanwhile, preproduction
has begun on a second set of 13 episodes. The show was produced at PBS studios
Aimed at the preschool set, Flip Flop features Retton and a cast of
costumed characters, each with unique traits that reinforce particular