'Switched at Birth' announces first all sign language episode
When it debuted in 2011, Switched at Birth garnered a lot praise for having multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing regular characters, as well as for scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language (ASL). Now the show is kicking it up a notch in season 2, announcing an episode told entirely in ASL, which they say is a first for a scripted series on mainstream television. It will air on Monday, March 4 at 8:00PM ET/PT.
It will be from the perspective of the series’ deaf characters – with open captions for hearing viewers. The storyline will put the audience in the middle of a student uprising in which the very essence of their deaf identity is at stake. Now that Bay has joined the Carlton school for the deaf’s pilot program for hearing kids with deaf siblings or parents, we can get a sense of how things could get heated.
“I’ve been wanting to do an all-ASL episode since the series began, and the storyline we’ve been focusing on this season gave us the perfect opportunity. It’s an exciting, visual, empowering story of kids who are different fighting back, and it allows our audience to experience the world as our deaf characters do. We’ve been building to this for 39 episodes and we’re all thrilled to be the first to try this,” said series creator and Executive Producer Lizzy Weiss. Season 2 just started on Jan. 7.
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