Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie say 'Speechless' tackles issues with heart and humor

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Jennifer Matarese interviews Minnie Driver and John Ross Bowie about their show "Speechless."

Now part of ABC's all-new TGIF, Speechless is in its third season.

"It's fun for me because I remember as someone who lived in the United States in the late 80s and early 90s, I remember the TGIF lineup. I was a big Perfect Strangers fan and Minnie is just kind of along for the ride," said John Ross Bowie, who plays Jimmy DiMeo.

"I just didn't know what it was at all," said Minnie Driver, who plays Maya DiMeo. "Thank Goodness It's Fabulous, Thank God It's...I just missed it. It's cool being part of the second wave."

You'll have to watch the video to see Driver do her best Steve Urkel impression.

Driver said that she's so pleased to see the show succeed because she sees it as a reflection of the kind of conversation Americans want to be having and said it gives her hope: "I feel like we're a part of something kind and good, and that is a good place to be in a kind of hard time, I think."

As this season moves along, Maya and Jimmy have to deal with the fact that JJ is preparing for college. Their kids are growing up.

"Mason is a giant. Our middle child is 6'1" now. It's absurd, he towers over us," Bowie said.



Driver said that viewers should stay tuned because there is a very funny episode about their characters doing a project together to connect, but there's an ulterior motive.

"The way in which you find your way back to each other when it's hard, that in our show is what's funny," Driver said.

Don't miss Speechless Fridays at 8:30/7:30c as part of the new TGIF programming block on ABC, streaming and on demand.
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