The show will follow a group of transgender Chicago women as they deal with dating, family and professional ambitions while living in the Windy City.
The group includes an aspiring supermodel, Carmen Carrera; Giselle, a recent college grad prepping for sexual reassignment surgery; Christian Dior cosmetics beauty consultant Natalia; party girl Sidney; and Victory, who hopes to become a doctor.
“It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more,” Susan Levison, exec VP of VH1 programming, said in a statement. “This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates.”
Banks, who created and exec produced the hit reality series “America’s Next Top Model,” added, “ ‘TransAmerica’ is a groundbreaking docuseries that will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women. I am so happy to be a part of telling their fierce story.”
The docuseries is exec produced by Banks and Rosenthal, as well as 3 Arts Entertainment’s Mark Schulman. Rosenthal also produced VH1’s “Behind the Music” and TLC’s “Little People, Big World.”
Executive producers for VH1 are Susan Levison and Nina L. Diaz.
The eight-episode, hourlong “TransAmerica” is slated to premiere in late 2014 or early 2015.