Minnie Driver Nabs Lead in ABC Comedy Pilot Speechless

Minnie Driver‘s next primetime gig is about another boy.

The actress has been cast as the female lead in ABC’s comedy pilot Speechless, TVLine has learned.

The potential series from writer Scott Silveri (Go On) centers on a family with a special-needs child. Driver will portray Maya, the overbearing mother who moves her family from town to town in an effort to find the right school for her non-verbal son, JJ.

Mason Cook (Legends) joins Driver as Ray, the youngest of her three sons who often feels like the only adult in his family.

Driver’s previous TV credits include NBC’s About a Boy, The Riches and the Lifetime miniseries The Red Tent.

Does Speechless sound like a good fit for ABC’s current roster of family laffers? Sound off below.

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  1. Amanda says:

    I miss About A Boy!

  2. Terri says:

    This doesn’t sound like much of a comedy!

  3. lechatnoir says:

    About a boy was meh . But I just can’t see what Minney is capable of

  4. Louise Casinelli Ryon says:

    Be very careful with this comedy. Parents of special needs children are not overbearing. We are trying to get services for our kids. I also work full-time with developmentally disabled adults. ABC risks offending families of people with special needs and the truly under paid staff who are employed to eduicate and care for them.

  5. amy says:

    You would be insulting a large community of people. I am outraged that this garbage could be considered comedy.

  6. Shannon says:

    I’m excited that a show will bring awareness to those individuals requiring alternative communication systems. I hope they do the issue justice and don’t downplay the complexity of establishing these systems.