Down Syndrome Reality Show Wins New Season
After receiving a half-dozen Emmy nominations, new episodes of a reality show following a group of young people with Down syndrome are on the way.
A&E Network said it has renewed “Born This Way” for a fourth season.
The show, which centers on seven young adults with Down syndrome and their families, will return with eight new episodes, the network said.
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“Over the past three seasons, ‘Born This Way’ has been a prime example of quality storytelling that motivates us to celebrate and embrace diversity,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, head of programming for A&E Network. “We are honored to reunite with these incredible young adults and their families as they fearlessly share their accomplishments, struggles and dreams, shifting society’s perception about differences along the way.”
The renewal comes a month after “Born This Way” was nominated for Emmy Awards for its casting, cinematography and picture editing. In addition, the show was nominated for outstanding unstructured reality program, a category it won last year.
Since premiering in 2015, “Born This Way” has offered an intimate look at the lives of young adults with Down syndrome as they pursue employment, explore friendships and romantic relationships and seek independence. More recently, the hour-long show introduced a family with a young child with the chromosomal disorder.