By mid-May perhaps, the broadcast networks have to make some hard calls as to which series will return for the 2019-20 season, and which… will not.

As that deadline draws close to, TVLine is singling out a couple of “bubble” shows and sizing up their prospects — primarily based in substantial portion on inventive strides (and stumbles) and future possible, but also with a requisite nod to cold, difficult numbers.

Subsequent up is a comedy about a household dealing with its eldest child’s cerebral palsy… or, rather, that eldest kid dealing with their nicely-intentioned overprotectiveness.

THE SHOW | ABC’s Speechless (Season three airs Fridays at eight:30/7:30c)

speechless-season 4 renewed cancelled abcTHE CASE FOR Maintaining | Without having ever shying away from the further challenges faced by college-bound JJ (Micah Fowler), Season three of the household comedy has permitted the DiMeos’ unique-demands son to spread his wings, irrespective of whether he’s wound up soaring (as when he and aide Kenneth created coffee as nicely as a mess) or plummeting (actually, into a ditch, at a Halloween rave in the woods). It is also accomplished a gorgeous job of portraying the anxiousness, awkwardness and excitement of the teen’s initially romance.

At the identical time, the show has sprung Maya (the sublime Minnie Driver) from overprotective-mom mode — at least a bit — by setting her up in enterprise with yet another unique-demands mom (Sarah Chalke, the most welcome of guest stars). And practically any scene that contains Mason Cook as nerdy middle kid Ray is a gem.

THE CASE FOR CUTTING | Speechless is quite regularly funny, but its ratings are no laughing matter. Averaging not pretty a .five in the demo and just two.three million total viewers, the sitcom ranks dead final amongst all scripted ABC series — and only bests the Friday game show Youngster Assistance and the DOA Alec Baldwin Show if you fold in unscripted fare. What’s far more, with JJ hoping to attend college in New York, the series is rapidly approaching what could be a fine, all-natural stopping point.

Vote beneath, then state your personal case for maintaining or cutting Speechless.