Bruce Jenner may not have had any power over how he was portrayed on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but he’s making sure the rules will be different for his upcoming docuseries, airing on E! later this summer.
The eight-episode series chronicles Jenner living life as a transgender woman, and EW has learned that Jenner is currently “working hard on editing the show to his liking.” The show, from Bunim-Murray Prods—the same company that produces KUWTK for E!— is behind the show, which will premiere on July 26, at 9 p.m.
“He is a perfectionist and is approving all the scenes,” said one source close to KUWTK. “He seems excited to continue to share his journey, and is happy that his new show has an air date. Over the years, many times when Kris kept criticizing him and bossing him around, the film crew wished that he would speak up for himself. He finally gets to live the life that he wished to have for so long.”
Though E! isn’t saying whether Jenner’s ex-wife and their daughters will be involved in the show, one source in their camp believes they’ll likely make an appearance on the docuseries sometime this summer. In the meantime, the network plans to air a special in May that will have the Kardashian and Jenner gals talking together about his transition for the first time, and what it means to the family. (The elder Jenner children are not expected to participate).
Jenner hopes his show will make a difference for the estimated 700,000 transgender people living in the U.S. “He was a motivational speaker,” said another source close to the family. “If that community is in peril and if Bruce can contribute to helping normalize it, that’s very exciting to him.”
For more about Jenner’s docuseries, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday.
*Jenner has not indicated a preference for female pronouns. This story uses male pronouns in deference to that.