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A Prime Time Comedy about a teenage boy, who has Cerebral Palsy? Hard to believe? Believe it!
On Wednesday, September 21, ABC will premiere a new situation comedy, “Speechless,” which focuses on a family with three children, one of whom, JJ, is a teenager with Cerebral Palsy. JJ is nonverbal and uses a computer to communicate. Micah Fowler, who portrays JJ, has CP. One of Micah’s differences from JJ is that Micah communicates verbally. Minnie Driver is cast as the fearless and fierce matriarch.
Here’s a review, written by a mom of a nonverbal child with special needs:
Here is the official trailer for “Speechless:"
The pilot episode is available for FREE on ABC on line:
After watching the “Speechless” pilot, I am impressed. It is rare when a series establishes characters and relationships in the pilot. Typically that kind of development takes several episodes, if not a season to accomplish. This pilot delivered a clear picture of each cast member, the dynamics of the family, and the challenges they’ve faced and will continue to encounter.
I related to Minnie’s performance as the loving and often controlling Mom. I guarantee that there were many times in the last 46 years, when , upon seeing me, professionals whispered to each other, “Here she comes. Give her whatever she wants.” And I wear that like a badge of honor, because we have to fight for our children’s rights. We have to be relentless and determined. And JJ’s Mom is all of that and more.
There aren’t non-stop laughs in “Speechless.” The humor is subtle in places and in your face in other places. Moments of brutal honesty, and moments of poignancy.
This is the first prime time show featuring a child with disabilities since “Life Goes On,” (1989-1993), and it’s astounding that it has taken nearly a quarter of a century to create another show with a similar theme.
I’m going to keep my eye on “Speechless” hoping that it stays the course, and that viewers will respond positively to it. My concern is that there are many TV viewers, who would rather not see a person with a disability or his mom fighting for his needs and rights. Add humorous situations that those viewers might not understand, and it could be difficult for “Speechless” to reach them.
I hope that I am wrong.
Please share your thoughts about “Speechless.”
Love & Light,