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The New Normal Pilot Review

Pilot Scoop: The New Normal

Glee creator Ryan Murphy is expanding his television empire with another envelope-pushing series. Tonight, he's debuting a new half-hour comedy on NBC that's a bit more grown-up than the teen musical: The New Normal, about a gay couple trying to find a surrogate.

  • What it's about: Committed couple Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) want to add a tiny new member to their family. Though they would provide a loving and stable home, they're having trouble finding the right surrogate. Enter Goldie (Georgia King), a doe-eyed single mom whose cheating husband has left her looking for a major life change.
  • Where it works: The cast is solid; Ellen Barkin is the strongest link as Goldie's brazenly intolerant grandmother, and I was surprised by how well Bartha and Rannells (hot off his gig on Girls) mesh as the fathers-to-be. I was skeptical about the decision to have NeNe Leakes play Bryan's cheeky personal assistant, but I have to admit that I enjoyed her performance.
  • Where it doesn't: Goldie's naiveté is a bit unbelievable for someone who had a baby as a teenager. I'm not saying all teen moms have to be jaded, but her idealistic mentality gets grating.
  • When it's on: Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC
  • You might like this show if: You've been waiting to see a more progressive comedy on network TV.

Check out a preview of The New Normal after the jump.

Photo courtesy of NBC

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Jeremy71618 Jeremy71618 5 years
I’ve been reading many of the reviews on New Normal, the reviews are really divided.  I work nights at Dish and I haven’t gotten a chance to see the show.  I might like Ellen Barkin’s character more based on this review than other critics whom seem to hate her sharp tongue.  My Hopper DVR will catch the show without me remembering to set a reminder.  The Hopper DVR records all the shows in prime time from four major networks automatically.  I can’t wait to see the show, especially Ellen Barkin and Andrew Rannells.
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