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One of the most impactful cultural events of 2015 came with the official announcement that Bruce Jenner would finally be taking on the public identity of Caitlyn Jenner after living as a transgender woman in secret during her life. Caitlyn’s announcement resulted in the production of an 8-part series entitled I Am Cait that documented her transition. A source now reports that I Am Cait has been renewed for a second season on E! network.
Buzzfeed is reporting that Season 2 of I Am Cait will happen. The lower-than-anticipated ratings for I Am Cait were not enough to warrant cancellation for the season that aired over the summer in 2015. Although there has been no official confirmation from E! at this point, but if the rumors hold true, the second season may air as soon as March of 2016.
In her life as Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn had been a frequent presence on E! juggernaut series Keeping Up With The Kardashians due to a marriage to Kris Jenner. She's also a the father of Kendall and Kylie Jenner and and the stepfather to Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian--who all appear on the show. The Kardashians did make appearances on I Am Cait, but the more serious tone of Caitlyn’s show kept her series apart from the typical Kardashian melodrama.
The serious tone was appropriate for Caitlyn as she became one of the faces of the transgender community, bringing transgender issues to the forefront of mainstream media and raising awareness for an under-represented group within the LGBT community.
Known prior to her appearances on Keeping Up With Her Kardashians for to her status as an Olympic gold medal winner in the decathlon in 1976, Caitlyn spent much of the eight episodes of I Am Cait educating herself and viewers on the issues of living a transgender life outside of the security of celebrity that she had experienced since first coming out to Diane Sawyer on ABC News in April (not to mention the famous Vanity Fair spread that featured her as the first transgender woman on the cover of the magazine).
Despite the media blitz surrounding Caitlyn since her announcement and preceding the premiere of I Am Cait, the show experienced lower-than-expected ratings. Even the appearances of familiar faces from Keeping Up With The Kardashians failed to give the show much of a boost. The ratings dropped by half from the first episode to the second, but subsequent episodes did stabilize enough to indicate that the show had found a core audience that was sticking around.
While I Am Cait lacks the spectacle of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and did not benefit from media exposure of Caitlyn as much as E! might have hoped, the show’s stable numbers and response from critics seem to be enough to warrant a second season that could be even more exciting than the first.