Switched at Birth’s Upcoming Episode
There’s an all-ASL episode of “Switched at Birth” airing March 4th at 8 pm on ABC Family channel. It’s supposed to have no sound, meaning no voicing, I don’t know about music or ambient sound. A TV show without any sound will be very disconcerting for the hearing audience. That might be the point.
It does have open captions for everyone to follow along. But what I’ve seen of the deaf perspective in online comments is that there’s finally a show where we can sit back and watch the signs, and hearing people watch the captions. They will get an idea of what it’s like to really read TV— subtitled movies are different because people can hear the voices and background noises in foreign language films.
However, and I’m nit-picking here, I can see from the clips online that the director and camera people are hearing. There are several times when the signs are cut out of the frame and to know, rather than guess or lipread the video, we deafies will also have to read the captions. Regardless, this is groundbreaking TV. If you’re busy Monday night, you can catch the episode online at Hulu and ABC Family websites. More info here: http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/shows/switched-at-birth/blogs/Season-2/Switched-at-Births-All-American-Sign-Language-Episode