A new unscripted television series about a teenager whose father is transitioning to become a woman is set here in Evanston.

“Becoming Us,” set for a summer run on the ABC Family cable network, follows the life of 17-year-old Ben Lehwald as his father transitions from Charlie to Carly after divorcing Ben’s mom, Suzy.

A promo video for the show.

The show, from Ryan Seacrest Productions, is said to focus on Ben’s support system, including his girlfriend Danielle, whose father is also transitioning to be a woman.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Scripted versus not

      "Transparent" was a scripted comedy/drama.

      "Becoming Us" is promoted as being an unscripted show … the sort of thing people used to call "reality television" before that got a bad name.

      But it's probably fair to assume that Transparent's success as a streaming media offering helped clear the way for a cable television show dealing with the same topic.

      — Bill

    2. becoming us


      This family actually lives in Evanston. It is hard to understand how a show can be a rip off if it is about real people. I worked with one of the people for quite a few years and they were my neighbors.

      All the best


  1. Wow…..this will certainly
    Wow…..this will certainly help enlighten everyone about the diversity in Evanston…….hopefully they will have them living in downtown Evanston in newly constructed affordable housing…..and the genleman could be the Illinois Director for the Ted Cruz Presidential campaign.

    1. Or it cound be the story of

      Or it cound be the story of how the Ted Cruz's Illinois Campaign Director, the Gooder Husband, became the Gooder Wife.

      ABC Family has not done well in the cable ratings. This is probably a last ditch effort to save the channel. I have noticed that over the last year they have been broadcasting more non-family presentations.

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