MELISSA: Like our new addition?
KARLA: With the white sparks.
MELISSA: Now we’re really poppin’ with power!
KARLA: As we all know, 2017 is drawing to a close!
MELISSA: Soon, it’ll be 2018! Wow.
KARLA: Time certainly flies.
MELISSA: 2017 has been quite a year. A great year.
KARLA: For #DeafTalent in particular. So we’ve been talking… And we’ve agreed to share the top five #DeafTalent spotlights of the year. Ready?
MELISSA: It was so hard to choose! There were so many!
KARLA: Oh, yes.
MELISSA: So it was great to recognize five.
KARLA: Just remember, all were amazing. But we just had to pick five.
COUNTDOWN CLIP #5
MELISSA/KARLA: Number Five!
QUANTICO TRAILER CLIP
Female narrator: My name is Alex Parrish. Protecting my country had always been my dream.
KARLA: Quantico! Wiiiith...
MELISSA: That’s right! A huge TV show.
KARLA/MELISSA: Marlee Matlin!
KARLA: Yippee, Marlee! My FAVORITE show.
MELISSA: Yes, me too! I love it! We saw some sneak peeks of Marlee going on set and being filmed. I saw pictures of it on my newsfeed. It piqued my curiosity. I’m looking forward to seeing it.
KARLA: It’s coming out in February 2018.
MELISSA: Awesome. Stoked. I’ll be watching for it on the ABC for more details.
COUNTDOWN CLIP #4
KARLA/MELISSA: Number Four!
MELISSA: It’s in New York, a Broadway show called…
KARLA/MELISSA: Children of a Lesser God!
IMAGE OF “CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD” POSTER OF LAUREN RIDLOFF AND JOSHUA JACKSON.
MELISSA: It was a big hit last summer, with Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff starring. And now they’ve gone to Broadway!
MELISSA: It’s amazing and I’m looking forward to it.
KARLA: It’s got #DeafTalent, and it’s really exciting, Broadway!
MELISSA: All those different cast members, yes! All of you New York City, you gotta go see it! For the rest of you, here’s a reason for you to go!
KARLA: Maybe us too. We’ll see.
MELISSA: We’ll discuss flight plans.
COUNTDOWN CLIP #3
MELISSA: Who is it this time?
KARLA: Mandy Harvey.
MELISSA: Of course!
CLIP OF “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” SIMON COWELL PRESSES THE GOLDEN BUZZER AND MANDY HARVEY WINS.
MELISSA: Oh, yes.
KARLA: She’s in America’s Got Talent. She got fourth place, BUT, she did SO well.
MELISSA: She made it all the way to the end. And both of us enjoyed the privilege of attending those events.
KARLA: What a good memory!
MELISSA: Some of our favorite moments were there.
KARLA: There were so many funny moments there. Right now, I think she got like a bunch of deals or something..
MELISSA: She got a book…
KARLA: That’s right, she wrote a book! Really exciting for her.
MELISSA: Congratulations, Mandy.
KARLA: We love you!
COUNTDOWN CLIP #2
KARLA: Number.. TWO!
MELISSA: “Baby Driver”!
BABY DRIVER CLIP
[B-A-B-Y by Carla Thomas]
MELISSA: CJ Jones in that role, in a big film, a hot, blockbuster film.
KARLA: Everyone watched it. I saw the film on a poster, DVD, and everyone talked about it!
MELISSA: It was everywhere!
KARLA: I’m sure.
MELISSA: It was a great movie.
KARLA: I’m sure he made a lot of money. You know, so many people watched. Show me the money.
COUNTDOWN CLIP #1
KARLA: It’s like the best, number one… easy answer.
MELISSA: We all know this. You know this too, right?
CLIP OF WONDERSTRUCK TRAILER
Female narrator: ...about what makes us different. And about having the courage to find the place where we belong.
MELISSA: Millicent Simmonds. She’s the star of 2017, really.
KARLA: She was in “Wonderstruck,”
MELISSA: She got a role on a big upcoming film, “A Quiet Place.”
KARLA: That’s right. And she got nominated for Critic’s Choice Award!
MELISSA: We know she’s been moving on up in 2017, but even more so in 2018!
KARLA: For sure. So exciting to have her. At such a young age, too! Maybe one day she’ll get an Oscar!
MELISSA: Infinite possibilities!
KARLA: And so that’s our top five!
MELISSA: What do you think? Do you agree with us?
KARLA: Or disagree?
MELISSA: If you think we should have mentioned someone else, let us know!
KARLA: Make those comments!
MELISSA: I guess we’ll see you…I don’t know...
KARLA/MELISSA: Next year!
KARLA: I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from us and the team!
MELISSA: Right! Happy New Year!