ABC Family's hit drama Switched at Birth
TV Guide Magazine: My DVR is jam-packed. Why should I add Switched at Birth to my queue?
Lizzy Weiss: Because smart, nuanced family dramas that cross generations are few and far between.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
Weiss: Smart, nuanced family dramas will die a long, slow death.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an algorithm for your show.
Weiss: Big Love minus polygamy plus The Kids Are All Right to the square root of Children of a Lesser God.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Weiss: The mother of a deaf little girl emailed a writer on my staff that seeing fully realized deaf characters on her TV week in and week out changed her daughter's self-esteem.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the worst thing that anyone has said?
Weiss: "Is that a reality show? Are there really enough people who were switched at birth?"
TV Guide Magazine: How are you using your power of TV for good?
Weiss: Reminding people that teens who seem so different aren't really that different. Expanding the notion of communication.
Garnering massive interest in ASL [American Sign Language].
TV Guide Magazine: Let's scare the network. What idea didn't make it out of the writers' room?
Weiss: We have a whole arc for Grandma Adrianna's lesbian lover Gloria.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Weiss: Me in Another Life.
TV Guide Magazine: Who on your cast would go the farthest on Dancing With the Stars?
Weiss: We already have two cast members who did Dancing With the Stars - Gilles Marini and Marlee Matlin. Lea Thompson is a trained ballerina, Lucas Grabeel is an incredible dancer, and I hear Sean Berdy can rip up a dance floor - maybe we should do a dance-off between Emmett, Toby, and Kathryn.
TV Guide Magazine: If you could steal a character from any other show on TV and incorporate them into the Switched at Birth world, who would they be, and what would they do?
Weiss: Rickie Vasquez (from My So-Called Life) shows up as Daphne (or thus Bay's) long-lost cousin.
TV Guide Magazine: Say you were accidentally switched at the birth... of your career. What other show would you be producing?
Weiss: The radio show This American Life.
TV Guide Magazine: Fill in the blank: If you like (blank), you'll love Switched at Birth.
Weiss: Friday Night Lights
Really posting this so we can chat about the finale - this show brings the drama! The guy that plays Wilkie makes my lady parts very happy. Happy to see Daphne and Bay being friends/sisters finally.
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