ABC’s “Speechless”: 8 Things To Know

  

Over the years, ABC has taken on many different series covering several genres from reality TV to scripted series, and above all has never been afraid to take risks with its shows. Many shows that other networks would pass on are exactly the ones that ABC thrives off of, and one of its newest is not only one of its riskiest, but also one of its best! Speechless premiered as one of ABC’s new Fall 2016 shows and has already been picked up for a second season! If you aren’t watching Speechless yet, you should, and here are 8 things to know about it before catching up:

8. The Plot

Speechless tells the story of the DiMeo family, which includes Maya, a mother with an attitude which doesn’t hold back; Jimmy, who is a bit more laid back than his take charge wife; Dylan, their athletic daughter; Ray, their middle child; and JJ, their oldest son with cerebral palsy who has a biting wit. The family has moved often in hopes of finding the best educational environment for JJ and finally settle on a high school that prides itself on being inclusive.

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7. The Star

One of the biggest things that sets Speechless apart from other series is that its main character is someone with a disability, and most importantly, they actually cast someone with that disability. Eighteen-year-old Micah Fowler stars as JJ DiMeo, and was cast only on his audition videos, meaning he had never met or spoken to producers before showing up for his first day. Like his character, Fowler also has cerebal palsy; however, JJ’s is much more sever. Fowler does use a wheelchair most of the time, but can walk short distances, and can speak with some difficulty. JJ uses a power wheelchair exclusively and is nonverbal.

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