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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.

 

MELISSA: Right.

 

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.

[Helicopter]

 

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.

 

KARLA: Congratulations!

 

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!

 

KARLA: 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.

 

KARLA: Agreed.

 

COUNTDOWN CLIP #3

 

KARLA: Ready??

 

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.

[Inspirational music]

[Roaring applause]

 

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”!

 

KARLA: That!

 

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: Number…..

 

KARLA/MELISSA: ONE!

 

KARLA: It’s like the best, number one… easy answer.

 

MELISSA: We all know this. You know this too, right?

 

CLIP OF WONDERSTRUCK TRAILER

[Calming music]

Female narrator: ...about what makes us different. And about having the courage to find the place where we belong.

 

KARLA: Millicent!

 

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: Yes!

 

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!

 

MELISSA: 2018!

 

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!

 





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