7 Times Freeform Tried to Make a Reality Series… and Failed
Freeform (previously ABC Family) is primarily known for being home to fan-favorite shows like Pretty Little Liars and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. While they hold the record for the longest-running scripted series in the network’s history, there are other fantastic shows that are well on their way to joining the ranks, including Baby Daddy, Shadowhunters and the soon-to-be-released Famous in Love, starring Bella Thorne.
In addition to these scripted series, Freeform airs themed and seasonal programming, such as “25 Days of Christmas,” “13 Days of Halloween” and “Harry Potter Weekends.” Clearly, there are a lot of things that the network does right. But, reality television is not one of them. In the last 4 years alone, from 2012-2016, Freeform has aired a minimum of nine reality shows… and SEVEN have been canceled. Take a look below to see the reality series that bombed on Freeform:
In summer of 2015, Freeform aired the reality series Becoming Us. The show followed teenager Ben Lehwald, from Illinois, as he adjusted to his father coming out as a trans woman.
Throughout the season, Ben supported his father, learned more about the transition and leaned on his girlfriend, Danielle, whose father's also transgender.
The show was produced by Ryan Seacrest, who produces reality hits like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, so it was assumed that Becoming Us would be a big hit. However, the show was canceled after just 10 episodes.