Transgender Teen Drama Coming To The CW

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The CW, network for all your teen-angst, ripped abs, and model competition needs, is developing a drama about a transgender teen.

I’ll admit, The CW doesn’t have much to offer me these days. Dawson’s Creek is long gone and Arrow is the only show I watch on the network, but I might have to give this one a chance in the hopes they do something great with it.

The Hollywood Reporter says The CW is developing an hour-long drama:

Written by playwrightmusician Kyle Jarrow, ZE revolves around a Texas teenager who announces that she is transgendered and will be living life as a boy. As his dysfunctional family spirals into identity crises of their own, he discovers that despite his appearance, he may be the most well-adjusted of them all.

Without knowing too many details at this point, I have to say the name of the show alone will help to spread awareness. Many won’t know it’s a gender neutral pronoun and its use could become more widespread.

ZE certainly won’t be the first television show to feature a transgender character but I think it might be the first to actually focus on one. While they’ve certainly got my attention, I’m now interested to know whether or not they’ll cast someone who is transgender in the role. Recently, Laverne Cox featured on Netflix’s critically acclaimed series Orange is the New Black, which has helped highlight her already existing transgender activism.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."