Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer aired April 24.
According to Deadline.com, the two-hour special was a ratings smash with “16.9 million total viewers from 9 – 11 PM”. And the reactions to the episode from Bruce’s family and reactions from celebrities have been mostly positive.
Immediately afterward, despite initially denying it, E! confirmed Bruce WILL be getting a reality show.
Here’s the synopsis/ press release from E! who add that the series title will be confirmed later.
E! will soon debut a new documentary series that gives viewers an inside look at the Olympic athlete embracing life as a transgender woman. Living for the first time as the person he feels he was born to be, the docu-series will explore what Jenner’s transition means for the people in his life and how those relationships will be affected, while offering a better understanding of life’s many challenges.
The documentary series is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, a company that has documented LGBT stories for more than 20 years. Jenner serves as executive producer, while Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins, Farnaz Farjam and Andrea Metz serve as executive producers for Bunim/Murray Productions.
Jennifer Finney Boylan, the Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence and professor of English at Barnard College of Columbia University, is consulting on the series. She also sits on the board of directors and is the national co-chair of GLAAD; contributing opinion writer for the New York Times; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender & Reproduction. Dr. Marie Keller, Ph.D, founder and director of the Los Angeles Gender Center and a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), also serves as a consultant on the upcoming docu-series. Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT, director of child and adolescent services at the Los Angeles Gender Center, is also consulting on the docu-series. Landon is also a member of the CAMFT and WPATH. [via E!]
“Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,” said Jeff Olde, executive vice president, programming and development, E! in a statement.
Jeff added, “This series will present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory and is true to himself for the first time.”
Bruce’s show will be an 8-part series that begins with a one-hour series premiere July 26 at 9 p.m. on E!