ABC FAMILY'S GROUNDBREAKING NEW DOCU-SERIES "BECOMING US" TO AIR KEY EPISODES ON SISTER CABLE NETWORKS FUSION AND LIFETIME
Burbank, CA ( June 24, 2015) - In an effort to increase sampling of ABC Family's groundbreaking new docuseries, "Becoming Us," sister cable networks Fusion and Lifetime will air key episodes. Fusion will air multiple catch-up stacks of episodes one, two and three on Friday, June 26th beginning at 8:00 p.m. (encoring at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT) and Saturday, June 27th beginning at 8:00 p.m. (encoring at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT), and Lifetime will air episode four on Tuesday, June 30th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, prior to episode four airing on ABC Family. "Becoming Us" airs Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
The critically acclaimed docuseries, "Becoming Us" centers on a teenager named Ben who learns his parents are not only getting a divorce, but also that his dad is becoming a woman. The series follows Ben, his family and his friends as they support one another through this unexpected journey and watch Charlie slowly become Carly, as she experiences the many stages of her transition from male to female. The show is a generational story of a loving family and circle of friends, supporting one another through this unfamiliar and unexpected situation.
"As we all look to find new and innovative ways to reach our viewers and help them find great shows, I'm very grateful that my colleagues at Lifetime and Fusion are willing to showcase our incredible show on their networks," said Tom Ascheim, President ABC Family. "While Ben's real-life story and family situation is unusual, the themes and coming-of-age issues are universal and we think viewers will find a real connection to them."
Episodes One-Three Airing on Fusion (Friday, June 26th beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, June 27th beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT)
In episode one you meet Ben, an ordinary Midwestern teenager, going through a unique situation. After his parents' recent divorce, Ben learned that his dad is transitioning into a woman, Carly. In the series' opener, "#WelcomeToMyWorld," Ben is struggling in school, and his parents, Suzy and Carly, are not happy about it. Ben's girlfriend, Danielle, would like to introduce Carly to her father, who is also transgender, leading to an awkward shopping trip for the four of them. And Ben's sister, Sutton, returns home to Evanston to plan her upcoming wedding.
In episode two, "#FallOutBoy," Ben is trying to figure out his feelings and distances himself from those who care about him, leaving them frustrated. Hoping to help him understand what's going on, Danielle's family invites Ben to dinner. Carly turns to Suzy for help in getting Ben to respond. Hoping to get Ayton and Lathan to bond, Brook sets up an outing for everyone, including Ben and Danielle. Meanwhile, Sutton and Carly go shopping for her wedding registry.
In episode three, "#IntoTheWild," Carly makes an effort to show Ben they can still enjoy the things they used to and takes Ben and his friends camping - with no cell phones. The lack of distraction leads to some honest conversations and painful revelations. Brook and Lathan argue over their different recollections of their childhood. And Sutton's fiancé, Kevin, comes to town to help with the wedding planning. Meanwhile, Carly gives Ben a driving lesson.
Episode Four Airing on Lifetime (Tuesday, June 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
In episode four, "#Heart2Heart," Lathan is excited about a new relationship and bonds with Carly. Ben is still struggling in school, and Carly tries to figure out why. Ben and Ayton decide to start a t-shirt design business. Meanwhile, Danielle helps her dad set up an online dating profile and tries to figure out what's happening in her relationship with Ben.
"Becoming Us" is executive produced by Ryan Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, George Moll and Jennifer J. Duncan for Ryan Seacrest Productions, as well as Paul Barrosse.
Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today's families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today's relationships - told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family's programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. For 2014, ABC Family has launched the "WATCH ABC Family" authenticated service which allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on demand access to such popular series at home and on the go via a wide array of devices. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas."
Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest-quality original programming that spans scripted series, nonfiction series and movies. As a result of the network's
aggressive programming strategy, which has doubled the hours of its original programming, in 2014 Lifetime reached its strongest ranking among the key Women 18-49 demo in six years and its youngest median age in 18 years. Lifetime(R) Television, LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(R) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney/ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
Fusion is a multi-platform media company that serves a young, diverse, and inclusive millennial generation across its television and digital platforms. Fusion delivers a unique mix of news, pop culture, and comedy content that is both smart and irreverent. Fusion's cable network was launched as a joint venture between Univision Communications Inc. and the Disney/ABC Television Network on October 28, 2013; Fusion launched a new website in February 2015. Fusion has agreements with several major distributors to carry the cable network including DirecTV, Dish, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS and Google Fiber as well as OTT providers including Apple TV. @ThisIsFusion | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | Google+ | Tumblr
About RYAN SEACREST PRODUCTIONS
Seacrest launched Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) in 2006, which has since become an Emmy-winning entertainment production powerhouse creating unscripted, scripted and digital programming. RSP is currently producing the E! hit series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and spin-off "Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons," and "Shahs of Sunset" on Bravo. RSP is also producing a scripted drama series for NBC, "Shades of Blue," starring Jennifer Lopez. The company produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution."