Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Marlee Matlin's TV Show

Marlee Matlin has created a show called My Deaf Family for YouTube. The deaf actress says, "Deaf and hard of hearing people make up one of the largest minority groups and yet there has never been a show, a reality documentary series that features what life is like for them." Matlin is financing the program which follows a deaf family from Fremont, California through the eyes of a 15-year-old hearing teenager. The mom and dad both work at the largest schools for the deaf in the country, the California School for the Deaf. The pilot episode features a deaf basketball tournament with cheerleaders from all over the country who are deaf. Matlin tried to get a network to pick up the show but no one would try it. However, they did want Matlin to star in a reality show about her family. She and her husband have four deaf children. But there were security concerns because her husband works in law enforcement. The video of the pilot is below.