Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner revealed a great deal about the struggle the former Olympian and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star has had living as a transgender woman. During the “20/20” special, Jenner confirmed the whole journey will be captured in a new docuseries on the E network.
According to the network, the new series will premiere July 26 at 9 p.m. EDT. It will consist of eight one-hour episodes covering the period of transition in Jenner’s life. The series doesn’t yet have a name, but the network will likely announce its title at a later date.
“The series will tell Bruce’s intimate story and will join him as he seeks out his ‘new normal,’” the E network said in a statement cited by Mashable. “Living for the first time as the person he feels he was born to be, the docuseries will also explore what Bruce’s transition means for the people in his life and how those relationships are affected, while offering a better understanding of many of life’s challenges.”
Rumors of a docuseries covering Jenner’s transition began in January 2014. However, until now, nobody at the E network was willing to confirm or deny the existence of the show. The news comes after the incredible two-hour premiere of Sawyer’s interview with Jenner on ABC. In it, he told the interviewer he identifies as a woman. However, because he feels that his journey isn’t yet complete, both ABC and the International Business Times continue to refer to Jenner with male pronouns.
“Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,” said Jeff Olde, executive vice president, programming and development, at the E network. “This series will present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory and is true to himself for the first time.”
During the interview, Jenner laughed off allegations that the “20/20” interview and docuseries are all just elaborate publicity stunts.
“Oh, no, we would never do that, Diane,” he said with a smile.