New Season Ahead For Down Syndrome Reality Show
Fresh off a big win, a reality show all about the experiences of young people with Down syndrome is getting renewed.
A&E Network said this week that it will bring back “Born This Way” for a third season.
The documentary series, which debuted late last year, follows the lives of seven young adults with Down syndrome and their families as they seek out employment, pursue relationships and strive for independence.
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Earlier this month, the show won an Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program. “Born This Way” was also one of six shows named this spring to the Television Academy Honors, which highlights programming that addresses complex issues and advances social change.
“‘Born This Way’ is a shining example of what the entertainment business needs more of — powerful, thought-provoking storytelling with a greater purpose,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming for A&E. “It was incredibly rewarding to see the show recognized with the Emmy Award for giving a platform to the extraordinary abilities and wisdom of the cast and their families.”
A&E has committed to an additional 10 hour-long episodes of “Born This Way.”
The show, which just wrapped up its second season, is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, the company behind some of TV’s most popular reality shows including “The Real World” and “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”