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Transgender continues to be a hot topic for TV.
TLC has renewed docuseries I Am Jazz, which centers on transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings, for a second season, the network announced Friday.
The Discovery-owned cable network has ordered eight hourlong episodes to debut in 2016.
The series follows the 15-year-old as she balances school, sports and family, and is joined on the show by her parents, her older sister and her twin brothers. In addition to her work as a transgender advocate, Jennings co-authored a book, I Am Jazz, and started a nonprofit with her parents, the Trankids Purple Rainbow Foundation, that is devoted to supporting transgender youth and their families. She was named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens” by Time magazine the last two years.
I Am Jazz is one of several transgender unscripted series that burst onto the scene in 2015. Caitlyn Jenner’s I Am Cait was renewed by E! for a second season in October. However, the fate of ABC Family’s Becoming Us, which centered on two teens and their transgender parents, has yet to be determined. Amazon’s Transparent, which won an Emmy for Jeffrey Tambor and recently returned for season two, and awards favorite Orange Is the New Black, have led the charge for transgender scripted programming.
I Am Jazz hails from This Is Just a Test and is exec produced by Aengus James and Colin Miller.
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