TLC renews “I Am Jazz” for second season
The cable network that once aired the Duggar family reality series has ordered a second season of a show about transgender teen Jazz Jennings.
I Am Jazz, which follows the life of 15-year-old Jazz Jennings, will get an eight-episode sophomore season and focus on the teen’s attempts to balance her school life with sports, her family and her work as a activist.
Jennings’ family is also featured on the show. It is with her parents that she founded the non-profit Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation which supports transgender youth and their families.
Jennings was named one of The 25 Most Influential Teens this year as well as in 2014 by Time Magazine.
Last month, the Mount Horeb Primary Center in Wisconsin canceled a reading of Jennings’ book I Am Jazz after some parents threatened a lawsuit.
Jennings reacted by penning an open letter which read in part: ‘My book can help, I think, but I know from my own experience that it is adults like my parents and (Principal Rachael Johnson) who can make sure that transgender children are treated fairly at school and given the same opportunities to succeed in life.
‘I have been sharing my story for almost a decade because I don’t want anyone else to feel alone or scared.’
Still, I Am Jazz the television show has proven to be far less controversial in the end than TLC’s former reality show phenomenons 19 Kids and Counting (about the Duggar family) and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
The Duggar show was pulled from the air after it surfaced that family member Josh Duggar, who worked for the anti-gay Family Research Council, had molested two of his sisters.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, featuring the family of child beauty pageant contestant Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson, came to an end after reports surfaced that June Shannon was dating a man convicted of child molestation.