Apple TV’s New Kids Show Features a Deaf Protagonist & It’s Coming Soon


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Imagine losing your hearing, attending a new school and trying to make friends. That’s what happens to Cece, the star of the Newberry Honor winning graphic memoir El Deafo, but it doesn’t hold her back. Now Apple TV+ has made this story into a three-part series and it’s sure to inspire the whole family!

All episodes will premiere on the platform on Friday, Jan. 7. El Deafo follows Cece, who is deaf and wears a hearing aid on her chest. Fortunately she has a superhero alter ego and a superpower in her Phonic Ear. Can Cece use this power to find a true friend? You’ll have to watch the series to find out!

Cece is voiced by Lexi Finigan, who is also deaf. El Deafo also features the vocal powers of Jane Lynch (Glee), Pamela Adlon (Better Things, Bob’s Burgers) and Clancy Brown (Billions, Spongebob SquarePants). The original series is executive produced and written by Cece Bell and Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Harriet the Spy).

The original memoir is based loosely on the childhood of author Cece Bell and navigating her world as a deaf person. If you want to read the bestselling graphic novel before it comes to the screen, it’s available now on Amazon. 

––Sarah Shebek

Featured image courtesy of Apple TV+



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