NEW YORK – A&E Network’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy-winning docuseries Born This Way will return for its fourth season, to chronicle the group’s journey as they prepare for a monumental step for two of its members, the wedding of Cristina and Angel.

 

The new season is set to premiere on August 15 at 8pm ET/PT, airing two episodes back-to-back each week on Wednesdays, spanning a four-week event.

 

The ground-breaking series provides an intimate look at a diverse group of young men and women with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions and lifelong dreams, explore friendships, romantic relationships and work, all while defying society’s expectations. The series also gives a voice to the parents, allowing them to talk about the joy their son or daughter brings to their family, and the challenges they face in helping them live as independently as possible.

 

In the new season, the group looks to push their boundaries even further and assert the independence they have cultivated over the past three seasons. Cristina and Angel struggle to agree on the details for their upcoming wedding as their parents grow nervous about what this next step will mean for their futures.

 

Rachel and Megan look to take their own leap and move into their own place together without their parents. John and Steven work towards getting their driver’s licenses, while Elena embarks on a new serious relationship. Sean also has a new girlfriend and a growing business that is taking up more of his time.

 

Born This Way won the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Series and was recognized as one of six honourees at the 2016 Television Academy Honours. The series was again nominated for an Emmy in 2017 and won the 2018 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Unstructured Reality Series.

 

Following the season finale of Born This Way on September 5, A&E will premiere the new documentary special Deaf Out Loud at 10PM ET/PT, executive produced by Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin, which follows three predominantly deaf families as they raise their children in a hearing world.

 

With many differing opinions about how deaf children should be raised swirling in the social consciousness, these families work to forge their own paths forward and combat the daily social stigmas many deaf people face.

 

A&E continues to partner with celebrated global non-profit organization Best Buddies International in support of promoting opportunities and increasing awareness for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Born This Way is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (The Real World).  Executive producers for Bunim/Murray are Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein and Laura Korkoian. Kasey Barrett and Millee Taggart-Ratcliffe serve as co-executive producers. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Shelly Tatro. Born This Way is distributed internationally by A+E Networks.

 

Deaf Out Loud is also produced by Bunim/Murray Productions with Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Laura Korkoian, Jack Jason and Marlee Matlin serving as executive producers. Jacob Lane serves as co-executive producer. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Jeana Dill.