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SPEECHLESS
Air Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time Slot: 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#201) "W-E-- WE'RE B-A-- BACK!"
[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.]

SEASON PREMIERE

THE DiMEOS ARE BACK FOR A NEW SEASON, ON ABC'S 'SPEECHLESS'

Maya Decides the Family Can No Longer Use JJ's Disability as an Excuse to Let Their Lives Fall Through the Cracks

"W-E-- WE'RE B-A-- BACK!" - While JJ was at summer camp, Maya decided it's time the family no longer use JJ's disability as an excuse to let their lives fall through the cracks. Maya, Jimmy and Dylan make dramatic changes, but a smug Ray decides he will spend the summer watching his family likely failing at their attempts. When JJ comes home, Kenneth finds a love note in JJ's luggage from Alexa (guest star Rose Crisman), a girl he met at camp, who wants to give JJ his first kiss. The family chucks their self-improvement projects and hits the road to find Alexa, on the season premiere of "Speechless," WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), 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 Rose Crisman as Alexa, Christopher Darga as boss, Kelly Stables as Candace, Rudy Martinez as counselor #1, Nikki Soohoo as counselor #2, Will Pinson Rose as co-worker, Abhi Trivedi as employee, and Chip Chinery as homeowner.

"W-E-- WE'RE B-A-- BACK!" was written by Scott Silveri and directed by Christine Gernon.

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 serves as a technical consultant on "Speechless." To learn more about CP, go to CerebralPalsyFoundation.org.

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SPEECHLESS (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/21/16 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2018)
TIME SLOT:
fridays from 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (22 episodes)
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