“Occupy Truth” (02/28/17) – With tensions running at an all-time high, the Black Student Union takes a stand against the university administration until their demands are heard. Told in three chapters from the varying perspectives of Sharee, Iris and Chris, the students deal with their frustrations in different ways.
Iris (guest star Sharon Pierre-Louis, “The Lying Game”) pledges to continue her hunger strike until the students responsible for a racist display outside the Black Student Union are expelled, but her commitment has consequences on her health.
Sharee (guest star Bianca Bethune, “Bad Boys II”) faces the pain of her own past as she tries to gather signatures and rally more students to get involved. Chris (guest star Sam Adegoke, upcoming “Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland”) is torn between wanting to dazzle several baseball scouts at an upcoming game and standing with his fellow students to show solidarity.
“Occupy Truth” was written by Talicia Raggs & Lizzy Weiss and directed by Jeff Byrd.
“Switched at Birth” tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a working class neighborhood. Despite overwhelming socio-economic and ethnic differences, both families must learn to co-exist as parents and blend their lives into one for the sake of their daughters.
The Peabody Award-winning drama series begins its fourth season on a new night:Tuesday, January 6, 9:00PM – 10:00PM ET/PT. The season picks up right after graduation with the family and Emmett discovering Bay’s impulsive decision — and no one is happy about it. Meanwhile, Daphne is determined to prove herself worthy of her switchster’s sacrifice while also dealing with the challenges of a whole new world of college. Bess Armstrong (“My So-Called Life”) and Max Adler (“Glee”) will recur throughout the season.
“Switched at Birth” has been honored with a Peabody Award as well as a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming and an Imagen Award for Best Primetime Program. The series has also won AFTRA’s (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) American Scene “Crystal Award®,” the Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award and a Gracie Award.
“Switched at Birth”isexecutive-produced byLizzy Weiss (“Blue Crush”), Paul Stupin (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Make It or Break It”), and Linda Gase (“ER,” “Army Wives”). The series stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez, Vanessa Marano (“Gilmore Girls”) as Bay Kennish, Constance Marie (“George Lopez”) as Regina Vasquez, D.W. Moffett (“Friday Night Lights”) as John Kennish, Lea Thompson (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”) as Kathryn Kennish, Lucas Grabeel (“High School Musical”) as Toby Kennish, and Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe with guest star Marlee Matlin (“The West Wing”).