ABC Family orders unscripted transgender series

U.S. net ABC Family has commissioned Ryan Seacrest Productions to make a series about a teen who discovers his soon-to-be-divorced father is undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
December 11, 2014

Disney-owned cable network ABC Family has commissioned My Transparent Life, based on a teen who learns that his father is becoming a woman, in a straight-to-series order, an ABC Family spokesman has confirmed.

Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, the series will follow Ben, his divorced parents, and his friends, as they watch his father Charlie transform into Carly.

“ABC Family is best known for its complex, loving and relatable family programming, and we are so proud to partner with Ryan Seacrest Productions to share Ben’s incredible real-life story,” said ABC Family president Tom Ascheim in a statement.

Paul Barrosse will exec produce, alongside Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, George Moll and Ryan Seacrest. The series is expected to air in 2015.



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