A&E’s “Born This Way” is coming to an end this December.
The series has been renewed for a six-part short-form digital series, which will air later this year on AEtv.com, followed by a one-hour series finale holiday special to air on A&E in December.
According to A&E, the finale special will “celebrate the spirit of the holiday season as the cast gathers to reflect on their personal growth across the four seasons of the show and discuss ‘Born This Way’s’ impact on the way society views people with disabilities. From finding jobs to navigating relationships and break ups to exerting their own independence, the cast will rejoice in the journey they have been on together and thank fans for all of their support along the way.”
“It’s not often that you get to make television like ‘Born This Way’ which has had such a positive impact on the world. The show unquestionably changed how society views people with Down syndrome and how people with Down syndrome see themselves,” executive producer Jonathan Murray said. “It has shown that no one should have to live with artificial limits placed upon them and all of us, no matter what challenges we face, want the same things – independence, a chance for meaningful employment and a chance to contribute to our families and communities.”
“Being a part of the amazing and inspiring journey of our cast over the past four seasons has been an honor for myself and everyone at A&E,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming at A&E Network. “We have all learned so much from their openness, resilience and spirit, and we will be forever grateful to them for welcoming us and viewers into their lives.”
“Born This Way” gives an intimate look at a diverse group of young men and women with Down syndrome. For the past four seasons, it has followed cast members Elena, John, Megan, Rachel, Sean, Steven, Cristina and Angel, as they pursue their dreams, explore friendships, romantic relationships and work. The series also hears from the cast members’ parents, who discuss the joy their children bring to their family and the challenges they face in helping them live independently.