TLC to Air Summer Series About the Life of Transgender Teen Jazz Jennings
TLC is making good on its promise to deliver a reality series about a transgender person.
This summer, the cable network will debut All That Jazz, a show that focuses on Jazz Jennings, a 14-year-old transgender activist and YouTube star.
The 11-episode series will focus on her life as an average teenager dealing with school, friends, dating and family. Jennings was assigned male at birth but began living her life as a girl beginning at her 5th birthday party, when she was allowed to wear a girl’s rainbow-colored bathing suit.
“We know that families come in all shapes and sizes, but at their core, they are all about love, acceptance and support. Only TLC can tell this family’s story in a way that celebrates and demystifies difference in an effort to help create a world without prejudice,” said Marjorie Kaplan, group president of TLC and Animal Planet.
“Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience. Jazz may be known as an author and activist, but she’s first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life,” added Nancy Daniels, general manager of TLC.
The show will focus on Jennings’s entrance into adolescence and dealing with dating and sleepovers. The series will include her parents Greg and Jeanette, as well as her three older siblings: Ari, Griffen and Sander.
All That Jazz will be the second unscripted show to highlight a transgender person. In April, Discovery Life will premiere New Girls on the Block, which will mark the first time a network has embedded itself within the transgender community. The unscripted series will follow eight people, six of whom are transgender women, in varying stages of their transition and in relationships.
Meanwhile, a plan by Bruce Jenner to document his transition from male to female has been put on hold.
“Bruce’s primary goal is to bring awareness to this issue in order to help others (in the transgender community),” says a source that has knowledge of the situation. “He is not sure that E! and a reality show is the best format to do that.”