After four seasons, A&E’s hit series Born This Way is wrapping with a six-episode, fifth season to air digitally and a holiday-themed finale airing via A&E’s linear network in December.
The six-part digital series will be short form and available via AEtv.com, while the linear finale will take the form of a one-hour special.
The fourth season of Bunim/Murray Productions’ Emmy-winning series, which looks at the lives of a group of young men and women with Down syndrome, culminated in the wedding of cast members Cristina and Angel. The short-form series will continue to feature the cast sharing its views on various life situations, while the linear finale will, according to the network, “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.”
“It’s not often that you get to make television like Born This Way which has had such a positive impact on the world,” said executive producer Jonathan Murray in a statement. “The show unquestionably changed how society views people with Down syndrome and how people with Down syndrome see themselves. 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,” added Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming, 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.”
The series has been nominated for an Emmy for all four of its seasons, and in 2016, claimed the Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality series.