‘Born This Way’ premiere: A&E docuseries returns on May 16, just in time for Emmy voting

Born This Way” is coming back soon to A&E. The documentary series begins its 10-episode third season on Tuesday, May 16 at 9:00pm. That’s good news for the show, especially when it comes to the Emmys. “Born This Way” won the award for Best Unstructured Reality Program in 2016, and it’s looking to defend its title. This premiere date is perfectly timed for the awards season as it will be airing new episodes while Emmy voters are marking their ballots for nominations.

“Born This Way” follows the lives of seven young adults in Southern California who are living with Down syndrome. It won the Emmy last year for its six-episode first season which earned from December 2015 to January 2016. It was probably helped by the fact that its second season started airing in July 2016, coinciding with the voting for Emmy winners. Now that second season will be considered for Emmys in the 2017 race.

The third season starts before the Emmys’ May 31 eligibility cutoff, but it won’t have many episodes aired before then so those hanging episodes will likely be considered along with the remainder of season three at the 2018 Emmys. Season three will follow its subjects as they seek greater independence in their lives. We’ll also meet a new family raising a three-year-old son with Down syndrome.

A&E’s executive vice president and head of programming Elaine Frontain said in a statement, “‘Born This Way’ has contributed to a cultural shift in the way individuals with differences are viewed and it remains incredibly rewarding to have such an impactful series on our air. This season we continue to highlight the shining personalities and incredible abilities of this cast of young adults who, alongside their families, fearlessly represent and celebrate diversity on television.”

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