April 23, 2014 3:50pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Lifetime Greenlights Catholic Convent Reality Series (Exclusive)
Lifetime is going inside a Catholic convent for its newest docuseries.
The female-skewing cable network has ordered The Sisterhood, a groundbreaking new unscripted series that will follow the journey of five young women as they decide whether or not to become nuns, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
For the first time ever, cameras will be granted access inside a Catholic convent where the five women live and work together before making the life-changing decision to take their vows and become religious sisters.
While the five consider joining the convent during the discernment phase, each of the women has agreed to allow cameras to document her experience in the accelerated program that tests their devotion over the six hourlong episodes.
The series will explore whether the modern women can rise to serve God when they are cut off from family and friends and embedded in an unfamiliar community. By taking vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, each of the women featured on The Sisterhood leaves behind everything they've come to love -- boyfriends, fashion, jewelry -- to see if they want to become servants to the Church and Brides of Christ.
The Sisterhood hails from Hot Snakes Media (Return to Amish, Breaking the Faith, Breaking Amish) and exec producers Shannon Evangelista and Eric Evangelista, with Lifetime's Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Colleen Conway Grogan also on board.
Lifetime and Hot Snakes Media are in the process of finalizing the convent and location that will be featured in The Sisterhood. A premiere date has not yet been determined.
For the network, the series joins a roster that includes new addition Relative Insanity, which will see two families competing for cash in a format that blends Big Brother with Fear Factor and Survivor; Off Their Rockers, Project Runway, Dance Moms, Preachers' Daughters and Supermarket Superstar, among others.
The series arrives as broadcast and cable networks have been searching for a new breakout unscripted format. Religious-themed content has also seen a resurgence following History's 10-part scripted miniseries The Bible. Lifetime has a hit with Preachers' Daughters and Oxygen is spinning off Preachers of L.A. to other cities, with OWN also entering the fray with The Jesus Code, among other scripted and unscripted efforts.