SPEECHLESS: Creator Scott Silveri talks about Season 3 and John Cleese – Exclusive Interview

Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy DiMeo, Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth and Kyla Kenedy as Dylan DiMeo in SPEECHLESS - Season 3 | ©2019/Bob D'Amico

SPEECHLESS, now on ABC Friday nights in its third season, follows the adventures of the DiMeo family. Mom Maya (Minnie Driver) is fiercely protective of teen son JJ (Micah Fowler, who like his character has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair), so much so that other son Ray (Mason Cook) sometimes feels neglected. Daughter Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) is trying to navigate her own way through puberty. Dad Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) wants to be supportive, and JJ’s aide Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) works to stand up for JJ and for himself. SPEECHLESS creator/executive producer Scott Silveri (a writer/producer on FRIENDS, co-creator […]Read On »

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SPEECHLESS: Actor Cedric Yarbrough talks year two of the ABC sitcom – exclusive interview

Cedric Yabrough as Kenneth in SPEECHLESS | © 2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

ABC’s SPEECHLESS, now in its second season on Wednesday nights, revolves around the DiMeo family. There are three kids in the family – Ray (Mason Cook), Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) and JJ (Micah Fowler) – but mom Maya’s energies are mainly spent on making sure the world treats JJ right. This is because JJ, now in high school, has cerebral palsy. He uses a wheelchair and requires someone else to voice his words for him. (Actor Fowler, who also has cerebral palsy, is able to speak on his own, but because JJ does not speak in SPEECHLESS, neither does the actor.) […]Read On »

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SPEECHLESS: Actress Kyla Kenedy discusses the new ABC series – exclusive interview

Kyla Kenedy as Dylan in ABC's SPEECHLESS | © 2017 ABC/Kevin Foley

In ABC’s Wednesday-night comedy SPEECHLESS, Kyla Kenedy plays Dylan DiMeo. Dylan is the athletic sole girl in a family that also includes high school students Ray (Mason Cook) and JJ (Micah Fowler). JJ has cerebral palsy, which means that he gets a lot more attention from mom Maya (Minnie Driver) than his siblings; dad Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) mostly tries to keep the peace. Prior to SPEECHLESS, Kenedy has also had arcs on THE NEW NORMAL and THE NIGHT SHIFT. The young actress from Charleston, SC, was also in six episodes of THE WALKING DEAD, where she memorably portrayed Mika […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Time to GO ON with actress Julie White

Julie White in GO ON - Season 1 - "The World Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" | ©2013 NBC/Vivian Zink

In NBC’s freshman half-hour comedy GO ON, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM, Matthew Perry stars as sportscaster Ryan King, who reluctantly joins a therapy group after the death of his wife. Laura Benanti plays group leader Lauren, who believes she is up to the task despite her relative lack of credentials. Julie White plays Anne, another therapy group member who is mourning the death of her longtime partner. White, a native of San Diego, California, has a thriving career in stage, television and film – nearly everyone on Earth has seen her as Judy Witwicky, the mother of Shia LaBeouf’s character, […]Read On »

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TV Review: GO ON – Season 1 – “He Got Game, She Got Cats”

Matthew Perry in GO ON - Season 1 - "He Got Game, She Got Cats" | ©2012 NBC/Justin Lubin

Stars: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White, Suzy Nakamura, Tyler James Williams, Brett Gelman, John Cho, Bill Cobbs, Sarah Baker, Allison Miller Writer: Lesley Wake Webster, series created by Scott Silveri Director: Andy Ackerman Network: NBC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 11, 2012 Warning: this review is being written under duress. This reviewer did not volunteer for the gig; the editor insisted. NBC’s new series GO ON has potential as it tries to mediate at once sending up and celebrating group therapy, along with sports radio. Putting Matthew Perry’s brand of snarkiness up against the sincerity – and […]Read On »

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TV Review: GO ON – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Matthew Perry in GO ON - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Jordin Althaus

Stars: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White, John Cho Writer: Scott Silveri, series created by Scott Silveri Director: Todd Holland Network: NBC, Tuesdays Original Airdate: August 8, 2012 As Los Angeles Times reviewer Mary McNamara just observed, television has done very well with both psychotherapy (FRASIER, THE BOB NEWHART SHOW) and Matthew Perry (FRIENDS) in the half-hour comedy genre. Putting the two together seems like a good idea. The first twist in GO ON is that Perry’s character, snarky and closed-off radio sportscaster Ryan, is a patient rather than the therapist, which works very well. When we meet Ryan, his […]Read On »

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