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SPEECHLESS
Air Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time Slot: 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#112) "H-E-R-- HERO"
[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]

THE FAMILY'S ON A MISSION FOR THEIR INSURANCE NEEDS, WHILE A SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST PUTS JJ AT ODDS WITH RAY, ON ABC'S 'SPEECHLESS'

"H-E-R-- HERO"- In order to get on the good side of their insurance agent to get everything JJ needs, the DiMeos have Dylan make a tough sacrifice at her track meet. Meanwhile, Ray wants to use his brother for inspiration while writing for an essay contest at school, but JJ rejects his plan. But when another student lies using the same plan, Ray and JJ team together to outdo the other student, on "Speechless," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

"Speechless" stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, John Ross Bowie ("The Big Bang Theory") as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth.

Guest starring is Marin Hinkle as Dr. Miller, Jamie Denbo as Janet, Jim O'Heir as Stu, Bradley Steven Perry as Donald, Shirley Chen as Kayla, Chloe Csengery as Melissa, Atticus Batacan as Person in Crowd, Grace Su as Receptionist and Gabrielle Skye Goodman as Track Girl.

"H-E-R- HERO" was written by Carrie Rosen and directed by Victor Nelli Jr.

Scott Silveri ("Friends") writes and is executive producer of the show, along with "Fresh Off the Boat"'s Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. The series is from Twentieth Century Fox Television and ABC Studios. The Cerebral Palsy Foundation is a Foundation Partner and Technical Consultant on "Speechless." To learn more about CP, go to CerebralPalsyFoundation.org.

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SPEECHLESS (ABC)
Returns in Fall 2017 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/21/16 - ???
STATUS:
returning this fall (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
wednesdays from 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
2 (??? episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2017-18 season (the show's second) on 5/12/17
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, May 2017) Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to help give JJ his "voice."
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth
· John Ross Bowie as Jimmy DiMeo
· Kyla Kenedy as Dylan DiMeo
· Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo
· Micah Fowler as J.J. DiMeo
· Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo
CREW INFORMATION:
· Christine Gernon as DIR (Pilot)
· Jake Kasdan as EP
· Melvin Mar as EP
· Scott Silveri as CRTR/EP
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· 20th Century Fox Television
· ABC Studios