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Bui) 43) Marlee signs up for some help Marlee Matlin says that the biggest challenge in making "Sweet Nothing in My Ear" (airing tonight on CBS) was "to play the role without speaking, and to do it entirely in American Sign Language." Explains the Oscar-winning deaf actress, "Normally, I sign a combination of American Sign Language and Signed English." The former is its own language, entirely separate from English, while the latter is based on English word order. "But in this film, I had to play a woman who is deaf and who had deaf parents and teaches deaf kids. It required doing all my lines in ASL, something I had to have a sign-language coach help me with. Imagine!" Matlin and Jeff Daniels play the parents of a son whose hearing might be restored with a cochlear implant something the mother is against, but the father wants. She adds: "Though the film adapted from a Stephen Sachs play has at its center the controversy surrounding cochlear implants, it's really a family love story about a husband and wife struggling with what's best for their child. ... Jeff was a brilliant co-star. He committed himself 200 to learning sign language in three weeks! And he did it very well. I would love to do a comedy with him. It would just be a blast!" L3 : '' X HH '" Viewers may finally meet 'Mother5 Cobie Smulders of "How I Met Your Mother" says, "We're getting closer to finding out who the mother is on the show." The sitcom's premise is that Josh Radnor's character is telling his children how he linked up with their mom, but without revealing her identity. "I don't know about this season, but they're taking steps to bring that out," Smulders says. "We're going to have to find out eventually, or change the title of the show." The actress, who plays newscaster Robin Scherbatsky, says, "I find that as we go on, people are also interested in the other characters and relationships ... so the focus is coming away from this mystery. ... People are still intrigued and want to know who the mother is, but hopefully they just have fun watching the characters on it and the stories they come up with." Smulders says that none of the cast has a clue who the mother might be, adding: "I think it's someone we probably haven't met yet." !'-. 1 1 A 'Giant' misunderstanding Rob Huebel of MTV's "Human Giant" comedy show finds his recognition factor taking off especially since the network gave the show a boost with a 24-hour marathon to push its second season. "A lot of people who might not normally watch our show were forced to deal with it for at least a few minutes," he says. "Weird things keep happening," adds Huebel. "I was on a flight a while ago, on JetBlue. They have the TV screens ... so I was watching MTV and this, like, 12-year-old sitting next to me was watching MTV. too. All of a sudden, a commercial for our show came on, and I couldn't resist. I had to point it out to this kid," he explains "I leaned over and pointed at me on the screen, and he just got this look of terroi on his face. I couldn't figure out what I had done. I looked at the TV again, and in the commercial for our show, they showed this sketch that looks like 'To Catch a Predator," and I was playing a child molester-type character. He thougi I was really that guy." 6 NEW YORK VUE DAILY NEWS

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