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Marlee Matlin to star in new NBC comedy

COVID has brought us one good thing: a new NBC comedy starring Marlee Matlin. Aaron Kaplan from Kapital Entertainment says he came up with the idea at the beginning of the pandemic. Daily COVID press conferences all featured sign language interpreters. Why not make that a show?

Marlee Matlin new single-camera comedy 

Marlee Matlin

Deadline describes the show as set in the “cutthroat fast-paced world of sign language interpreting.” Marlee Matlin will star in and executive produce the single-camera comedy. She will play DJ, the manager of a medium-sized interpreting agency in Los Angeles who is “both overextended and overconfident.”

The currently untitled show also involves writer Ben Shelton (who recently directed the Netflix film “Candy Jar”) and Universal Television. Matlin’s sign language interpreter for over three and a half decades, Jack Jason, will also be an executive producer.

Matlin’s latest film “CODA” will be out on Apple TV+ August 13. She has other television credits, including “Switched at Birth,” “West Wing,” and “The L Word.” This project will be the second with her as a star. The first was “Reasonable Doubts,” which aired from 1991-1993. This will definitely be the first show about sign language interpreting!

Read more: Marlee Matlin, Sian Heder star in ‘CODA’: a film about a child of deaf adults

Stay tuned for more details!

Author Details
Lisa A. Goldstein has a Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley, a digital hearing aid, a cochlear implant, and plenty of deaf-friendly communication equipment. She spends her days juggling life as a freelance journalist, wife, and mother of two in Pittsburgh, PA.