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SWITCHED AT BIRTH
Air Date: Monday, March 04, 2013
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC FAMILY
Episode Title: (#209) "Uprising"
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ABC FAMILY'S "SWITCHED AT BIRTH" PRESENTS AN ALL AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) EPISODE, A FIRST FOR MAINSTREAM TELEVISION, AIRING MONDAY, MARCH 4 AT 8:00 ET/PT

Carlton's Students Rally to Save Their School in a Story Inspired by the Real-Life 1988 Gallaudet University Protests

Burbank, CA (February 19, 2013) - In an all-new episode of "Switched at Birth" told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL), the students at Carlton School for the Deaf protest to keep their school open. The ground-breaking episode, a first for a scripted series on mainstream television, will air Monday, March 4 at 8:00PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

When news of the school's closing spreads throughout campus, Daphne leads the students of Carlton School for the Deaf in arranging a demonstration to take place on the eve of the "Romeo and Juliet" play, in which Daphne has the lead role. Meanwhile, as one of a handful of hearing students in the school, Bay's attempt to be part of the campaign is challenged.

The storyline was inspired by the real-life "Deaf President Now" protests at Gallaudet University that took place 25 years ago this March.

"Switched at Birth" is executive-produced by Lizzy Weiss ("Blue Crush"), Paul Stupin ("Make It or Break It"), Becky Hartman Edwards ("Parenthood") and John Ziffren ("Melissa & Joey," "Make It or Break It"). The series stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez; Vanessa Marano ("Gilmore Girls") as Bay Kennish; Constance Marie ("George Lopez") as Regina Vasquez; D.W. Moffett ("Friday Night Lights") as John Kennish; Lea Thompson ("Back to the Future," "Caroline in the City") as Kathryn Kennish; Lucas Grabeel ("High School Musical") as Toby Kennish; Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe; and Gilles Marini ("Brothers and Sisters") as Angelo Sorrento with guest star Marlee Matlin ("The West Wing").

Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today's families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today's relationships - told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family's programming is a combination of network defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy(R) Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features, from rich, fan-centric programming - including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network's hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas." ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.

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SWITCHED AT BIRTH (ABC FAMILY)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
6/6/11 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (summer 2014)
TIME SLOT:
mondays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (??? episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC Family's press release, March 2014) "Switched at Birth" premieres with all-new episodes on Monday, June 16th, at 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The award winning series returns to complete its third season by picking up the day after the winter finale, as our characters deal with the consequences of decisions made the night before. Kathryn deals with the reality of being a herotica novelist, Regina is torn between the pull of her old neighborhood and her new life, and the girls need to summon courage to face a moment of truth they never anticipated.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Constance Marie as Regina Vasquez
· D.W. Moffet as John Kennish
· Gilles Marini as Angelo Sorrento
· Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez
· Lea Thompson as Kathryn Kennish
· Lucas Grabeel as Toby Kennish
· Marlee Matlin as Melody
· Sean Berdy as Emmett
· Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish
CREW INFORMATION:
· John Ziffren as EP
· Lizzy Weiss as CRTR/EP
· Paul Stupin as EP
· Steve Miner as DIR (Pilot)
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· no information is available