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SPEECHLESS
Air Date: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time Slot: 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#308) "J-I-- JINGLE T-H-- THON"
[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.]

MAYA'S SMALL CHRISTMASTIME LIE TURNS THINGS UPSIDE DOWN ON AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF ABC'S 'SPEECHLESS,' FRIDAY, DEC. 14

Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie Guest Star as Kenneth's Sisters

"J-I--JINGLE T-H--THON" - A Christmas tree fire leads Maya to tell a small lie with big consequences. Meanwhile, Ray struggles to live in Pepper's shadow as Dylan twists the knife, and JJ encourages Kenneth to stand up to his sisters (guest stars Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie), on the holiday episode of "Speechless," airing FRIDAY, DEC. 14 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), as part of the new TGIF programming block on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

"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 in this episode is Marin Hinkle as Dr. Miller, Lisa Leslie as Kendall, Niecy Nash as Kiki, Tricia O'Kelley as Candy Kensington, Bobby Neely as Fireman, Anisha Adusumilli as Mallika, Jordan R. Coleman as Uber Driver, Brian Lohmann as Science Teacher, Ashlyn Ani as Basketball Player #1, Lena Torluemke as Basketball Player #2/Sasha, Steve Hytner as News Anchor, Alexander Dominguez as Blake and John Maholm as Santa.

"J-I--JINGLE T-H--THON" was written by Greg Gallant and directed by Rob Cohen.

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.

"Speechless" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned to this episode at a later date.

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SPEECHLESS (ABC)
Returns Friday, January 4
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/21/16 - ???
STATUS:
returning this winter (yet to premiere)
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