NBC just ordered full seasons’ worth of three new programs–none of which are shockers. More episodes are coming down the pipeline for Go On, Revolution, and The New Normal. The only program of the three averaging below a 3.0 18-49 at the moment is The New Normal, so an argument can be had into the validity of that which is undoubtedly countered with the question as to whether Ryan Murphy’s attachment to the series helped grease some wheels early on. Continue Reading
Ellen Barkin has a new television series coming to air this fall in the form of The New Normal. This is a comedy that is more along the lines of Modern Family’s Cam and Mitchell than anything else on television, but rather than an accepting family the cast is filled out by a surrogate which helps the gay couple have a baby. Barkin plays the child’s grandmother.
The Ocean’s Thirteen actress was on Jimmy Fallon last night to promote the new show. She talked about the iPod Jimmy owes her and then participated in a game of Pyramid. Continue Reading
Ryan Murphy seems to breathe successful shows as he has been behind the FX series’ Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story while also experiencing some love on broadcast via Glee. That is why today’s news of an NBC pilot pickup is a little bit more news worthy than your typical lineup addition. Murphy’s new show is called The New Normal and it is a comedy about a gay couple and a surrogate who helps them grow their family.
While the producer is co-writing and directing the series, this is no guarantee that the pilot will go onto a series order; however, given Murphy’s track record it is almost definitely going to end up on broadcast next television season. This is as close to a bankable hit for the network as they can get, but let us not forget that even the mighty J.J. Abram’s struggled on this fourth place broadcaster with Undercovers.