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  1. One more year-end list -- I thought this was sweet... Pop Culture Happy Hour (NPR): 50 Wonderful Things From 2019 :)
  2. Aww... :( Cosmo, who played Pepper in s.2 and 3, passed away earlier this week after complications from surgery: https://tvline.com/2019/12/16/fuller-house-cosmo-dead-dog-dies-surgery-complications/ (Since he was also a regular on Fuller House, I'm guessing that might explain his sporadic appearances in s.3...) Tributes:
  3. Year-end and decade best-of lists: Paste: 50 Best TV Shows of 2019 (#29) USA Today: 25 Best TV Shows and Series of the 2010s (#23)
  4. Okay, NOW Amazon has a page for the s.3 DVD! HERE :D
  5. Paste: 25 Best Shows of 2019 (so far) -- 'Speechless' made #19! :) *** According to TV Shows on DVD, Season 3 was released on MOD DVD last Tuesday (I didn't find out about it until over the weekend); unlike s.1 and 2, it won't be available on Amazon (at least for now). https://www.moviezyng.com/024543637455.aspx More info on MovieZyng Warehouse -- About Us & FAQs
  6. https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauradorwart/2019/06/20/no-stunt-double-a-qa-with-micah-fowler-of-abcs-speechless/ Micah's first interview since the cancellation, as far as I know -- he weighs in on the show's impact, his experience working on it, disability representation in general, and his hopes for the future. :) *** Semi-OT: THR had an interesting piece earlier this week about what appears to be a promising development for disability inclusion in Hollywood. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cbs-signs-pledge-audition-actors-disabilities-1219640
  7. https://www.emmys.com/ballots/2019 Final-season Emmy submissions: Art Direction/Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour) -- "L-O-N-- London (Part 2)" (3x2) Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation -- "U-N-R-- Unrealistic" (3x22) Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation -- "U-N-R-- Unrealistic" Directing for a Comedy Series -- "W-H-- Wheelchair P-L-- Planet" (3x16) (Christine Gernon), "S-P-- Special B-- Boy T-I-- Time" (3x17) (Robert Cohen), and "U-N-R-- Unrealistic" (Bill Purple) Writing for a Comedy Series -- "The S-T-A-- Staircase" (3x21) (Greg Gallant and Zach Anner) and "U-N-R-- Unrealistic" (Scott Silveri and Matt Roller) Comedy Series Lead Actress in a Comedy -- Minnie Driver * Supporting Actor in a Comedy -- Micah Fowler and Cedric Yarbrough * - Minnie was also submitted for her guest turn as Lorraine Finster on 'Will & Grace' ("Anchor Away"). (John Ross Bowie was submitted for one of his three guest appearances as Barry Kripke on the final season of 'Big Bang Theory' -- "The Plagiarism Schism.") :) *** Metro (UK) -- a brief Q&A with Minnie Hollywood Reporter -- an in-depth conversation with JRB and his wife, Jamie Denbo (creator of the new Lifetime series 'American Princess') ❤️ ❤️
  8. How'd I miss this? Congrats to Emily on her transition! :) Here is a short but sweet piece she wrote about the show back in January: https://www.vox.com/2019/1/28/18201364/speechless-best-tv-shows-abc I somehow missed this, too... *** OregonLive: TV shows canceled in 2019 -- sad goodbyes, and good riddance (sorry!) (includes kind words for both 'Speechless' and TKAA)
  9. Oh yeah, I recall seeing a similar headline about (I think) 'Whiskey Cavalier.' :\ Not to mention she failed to take the possibility of future syndication into account -- 'Speechless' was just one full season away from almost reaching the minimum 88 eps (it would've had 85), and probably could've eked out a shortened s.5 to bring it closer to the preferred 100 episodes. As it is now, ABC has only one comedy (AH) that is close to syndication without yet being there; as for the newer comedies that got renewed, as much as I like 'Single Parents' and (to a lesser extent) 'Bless This Mess,' with the kinds of numbers they've already been pulling I doubt either will even get a third season. :p *** Chicago Tribune: With 'Speechless' canceled, hardly any broadcast TV series prominently features a disabled actor -- why representation in Hollywood matters TV Insider: 7 network TV cancellations that hurt the most -- photos (also, "Ask Matt" weighs in on the ABC comedy cancellations / renewals, Constance Wu's tweets and 'Modern Family' ending)
  10. Make of this what you will... Deadline: Canceling 'Speechless' was a "gut-wrenching" decision for ABC chief Karey Burke On the ABC 2019-20 schedule, the 1-hour TGIF block will continue with 'American Housewife' moving to 8 p.m. / 7 p.m. Central, bumping FOTB into 'Speechless'' former slot. (Gee, I wonder how much more ABC will actually promote their TGIF shows now -- and of course, there won't be a FOX comedy block to contend with...) *** And a pair of nice essays: The Federalist: Why ABC made a mistake canceling 'Speechless' Leanne Leeds (blog): Mother's Day reflections (from a heart mom)
  11. Aww... :') *** Semi-OT: Last Thursday, Micah presented at the EasterSeals Disability Film Challenge Awards (he was also one of the finalists for Best Actor). https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/05/13/1822870/0/en/Entertainment-Industry-Unites-for-Easterseals-Disability-Film-Challenge-Awards-to-Honor-Filmmakers-Who-Inspire-Change.html :) About "Second Date" YT playlist for all 71 of this year's entries
  12. From two of my favorite fan Twitter feeds: From the lady behind the @RenewSpeechless campaign: And last but certainly not least, from Cerebral Palsy Foundation: *** A lovely write-up from Pop Culture Uncovered: https://popcultureuncovered.com/2019/05/11/review-brew-speechless-we-hardly-knew-you/ And semi-OT, but a nice interview / photo spread with JRB: https://rowingblazers.com/blogs/dispatches/this-is-john-ross-bowie ❤️ (I'll keep an eye out for further series tributes, as well as any end-of-season / end-of-year best-of lists...)
  13. Oh man... :( TKAA was easily my favorite of the four new ABC comedies -- I thought the parents were great to begin with, and I really grew to like all those boys over the course of the season. I hope so too; and yeah, I will definitely miss talking and writing about this show here with y'all, as well as on The TV Ratings Guide (s.1 & 2 "musical moments" article and s.3 recaps/reviews) and elsewhere. :') *** More comments from cast and crew: And from some of the critics who have been most supportive of the show: Linda Holmes (NPR / "Pop Culture Happy Hour" podcast), Alan Sepinwall (UPROXX / Rolling Stone), Todd VanDer Wurff (Vox), Kristen Lopez (TV Guide), and Daniel Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter)
  14. And a little write-up on TV Line: https://tvline.com/2019/05/10/minnie-driver-speechless-cancelled-season-3-abc/ I'd also like to add: 1) I will miss seeing this adorable bunch on my screen, and I wish them -- as well as everyone else involved with the show -- all the best in their future endeavors; 2) I hope it will at least have some small influence on future conversations (in Hollywood and elsewhere) about diversity, representation and inclusion with regards to disability; 3) I'm glad the show had a chance to end with some sort of closure for all the characters -- a new career and friendships (with Kenneth and Melanie) for Maya, a chance for Jimmy to pursue his dream career in earnest, college for JJ and a chance to further pursue filmmaking, self-awareness for Ray and some help from the girls in his class, some privacy for Dylan (recall the garage door in the bedroom), and a new job and a relationship for Kenneth (as well as a chance for him to go back to college).
  15. http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2019/05/speechless-canceled-after-three-seasons.html So sad -- not just for myself as a fan, but also for all the individuals and families in the disability / special-needs community who have commented on the show's and cast members' official social media accounts about their appreciation for how the show reflected their lives in funny and heartwarming ways (without turning into doom-and-gloom, preachy "after-school special" stuff, or "inspiration porn"). :'(
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