A new drama project in development for broadcast TV is bound to be closely scrutinized and likely to stir controversy. Deadline.com reports that the project, "ZE," in development at the CW, focuses on a transgender teenager.
Brooklyn-based writer-playwright Kyle Jarrow is writing the script, with Michael London (“Milk,” “Sideways,” “The Illusionist”) executive producing. “ZE” will follow the story of a Texas FTM (female-to-male) and his offbeat family.
“A personal choice takes on controversial public significance when a Texas teenager announces she is transgender and will be living life as a boy,” the story says. “As his dysfunctional family spirals into identity crises of their own, he discovers that he might be the most well-adjusted of them all.”
The series title was chosen for its non-gender-specific reference (like he or she), the story notes.
Jarrow is no stranger to controversial topics; he won an Obie Award at age 24 for his Off-Broadway hit “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant," a musical satire focusing on Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard.
He also wrote upcoming indie film “Saint Janet” and recently developed “Inside,” a cop drama for FX with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s production company, and “Nowhere,” an adventure drama for MTV, the story notes.
CBS TV Studios will produce.