The New Normal, a new sitcom centering around a gay couple’s journey to start a family, will be something to keep an eye on. Premiering on NBC this fall, I’d definitely get your DVR’s warmed up for this one. If I do say so myself, New Normal has “hit” written all over it, and here’s many reasons why it will be the rainbow after NBC’s last television season storm:
It’s Ryan Murphy Conceived:
The brilliant man responsible for giving birth to the beautiful television series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story is also responsible for The New Normal. As an openly gay Hollywood powerhouse, this man has inserted so many well-needed homosexual characters into American television that he should be given a giant, rainbow-y commemorative statue for contributing to the acceptance of homosexuals in today’s society. Sexuality aside, Murphy is the triple threat in Hollywood: writer, director, and producer. If anyone can tell the story of a “new normal” American family with humor and heart, it’s this guy.
The Cast and Characters:
The casting is flawless. Justin Bartha of The Hangover (he’s hilarious, just watch this interview) plays David, the gay guy who doesn’t “act gay”. His devilishly handsome looks and persona fits the role of the more straightedge figure of the couple. Andrew Rannells, known from his stint on the Broadway show The Book of Mormon, fulfills the other half the stereotypical gay couple as the overtly and obviously gay man. Although I’m not the biggest fan of this overused portrayal of gay couples, I’ll take it for what it is and be thankful this show has graced my television set.
Then there’s Ellen Barkin as the politically incorrect grandmother Nana Jane, who doesn’t seem to have any sort of filter that would catch her ignorant remarks. Barkin is excellent in the role, just like Jane Lynch is wonderful as Sue Sylvester on Glee. My two favorite characters however are Nana Jane’s daughter, Goldie, portrayed seamlessly by Georgia King, and the precocious 8-year-old Shania, portrayed by Bebe Wood. The dynamics between the naive Goldie and cheeky Shania are intriguing, serving as a strong, maternal subplot to this sitcom.
With a creator who isn’t afraid to push the envelope and a talented cast that will effectively push it with him, The New Normal has huge potential in the television realm. Time to bow down to the almighty Ryan Murphy, and set a series recording on your DVRs.
The New Normal airs Tuesday 8:30/9:30c on NBC.