Minnie Driver Speechless Series Order

Minnie Driver Comedy Speechless Gets Series Order at ABC

ABC’s latest series order is leaving the network Speechless. The Alphabet Net on Friday picked up Minnie Driver’s new comedy, TVLine has learned.

In the series, Driver plays Maya DiMeo, a mom passionate about her family: husband Jimmy and ch Ray, Dylan and, JJ, the latter of which has special needs. As the official logline states: “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 give JJ his ‘voice.'”

John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) plays Jimmy, with Mason Cook (Legends) as Ray, Micah Fowler (Labor Day) as JJ and Kyla Kenedy (The Walking Dead) as Dylan. Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911!) plays Kenneth. The series is written by Scott Silveri (Friends), who executive-produces with Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar (Fresh Off the Boat). Twentieth Century Fox TV and ABC Studios produce.

As the broadcast networks’ annual Upfronts Week nears, the fate of the last remaining “bubble” shows will be determined, as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW get ready to reveal their schedules for the 2016-17 TV season. TVLine’s handy Renewal Scorecard keeps tabs of where each show stands, while our network-by-network Pilot Season Guide lists all of the new comedies and dramas up for consideration — some of which (including ABC’s Kiefer Sutherland-led Designated Survivor) have already been ordered to series.

During Upfronts Week, the broadcast networks announce their shows and stars for the fall and midseason. NBC and Fox are up first, delivering their respective morning and afternoon presentations on Monday, May 16, followed by ABC (on Tuesday, May 17), CBS (Wednesday, May 18) and The CW (Thursday, May 19).

As Upfronts Week unfolds, TVLine will share the first trailers and photos for all of the new series, as well as continually update our Fall TV Grid, letting you know what will be on when, and opposite what (as well as denote what is being held for midseason).

Get a first glimpse at Speechless below.

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  1. Tutuche says:

    An series on a true disability. I’ll watch this series. At the tv, there is only aspies and high functional autist. I hope that this series will not cancel after one season.

    • Laura Schulze says:

      It is comments like these that make it very difficult for children with “true disabilities” If you cant see them the minute you look at them.
      I am, however, looking forward to this show. I think it helps to normalize the perception of families with unusual challenges.

  2. This show sounds like it could be great! And its nice to see the About A Boy reunion as well

  3. Dennis says:

    Bold move for ABC.
    I commend them for putting this on broadcast TV, and like Glee and Red Band Society before it, I really hope this show resonates with viewers.

  4. Al says:

    Looks good

  5. James Purtue says:

    Why is Cedric Yarbrough not mentioned? He is a series regular, and probably the next biggest name next to Minnie. I’m finding on this site that actors of color are often left out of descriptions or have misspelled names. Please do better.

  6. Ryan Davis says:

    what “About A Boy” Reunion? Minnie’s the only AAB’er listed!

  7. lariet50 says:

    Kripke! I’m intrigued.

  8. Richard Jensen says:

    As a disabled man I am curious how this will turn out. I will be watching. I am kinda bummed that Cripky won’t be on BBT if he’s on ABC now. Always liked Minny Driver.

    Good luck.

    • TokyoWatcher says:

      I wouldn’t worry too much about Kripke. The actress who played Emily was on TBBT and Bones at the same time.

  9. Stacey says:

    I sure hope this new show Speechless has a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) on staff and in the show. A person whether an adult or child would receive speech-language therapy to address aphasia and AAC. Speech-Language Pathologist’s need to be brought into shows like this and not replaced by other people. SLP’s daily do amazing work to improve people’s communication and swallowing abilities and never truly get the recognition rightly deserved.