The New Normal Interview: Justin Bartha, Georgia King and Andrew Rannells On The Utah Scandal and the Definition of Normal

For Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha and Georgia King, the stars of the upcoming NBC family-focused sitcom  The New Normal,  the controversy surrounding their show is largely unwarranted. The show focuses on a single mother (King) who decides to become a surrogate  for a same-sex couple (Rannells, Bartha) wanting to start a family and  the three leads were available for a conference call , giving  TV Equals  their feelings about the show and how they feel about the controversy. The reality of families The show might be seen as innovative in terms of the type of family that’s at it’s center. However, the core of the show is similar to other family-friendly shows in that it exhibits the universal idea of unique individuals coming together to create a family unit. Read More...  

'The New Normal' Cast On The Election, One Million Moms and More!

What is “ The New Normal ” (premiere airs Mon., Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. ET; new episodes premiere Tues., Sept. 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC)? There are a million definitions for what passes as “normal” these days, and Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler ’s new comedy hopes to explore as many of those relationships as possible. From a gay couple David and Bryan ( Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells ) looking to start a family to the single mom Goldie (Georgia King) and her young daughter Shania (Bebe Wood) looking to start over, “The New Normal” follows their paths colliding, with comedic help from a feisty assistant Rocky ( NeNe Leakes ) and an even feistier grandma Jane (Ellen Barkin) with a lot of opinions. Read More...

The New Normal Series Premiere: Grade It!

Does NBC have a new comedic hit on its hands? Or the latest in a long line of flops? The New Normal was given a special, much-hyped premiere tonight, following the season debut of The Voice . Did Ryan Murphy's latest sitcom, about a gay couple, its surrogate and her unique family, deserve such an unveiling? Did you tune in? Will you continue to do so in its regular time slot on Tuesday evenings? Simply put: What did you think of The New Normal premiere? Grade it now:

'New Normal' series premiere: Will you tune in again?

NBC debuted "The New Normal" Monday night (Sept. 10), the new comedy about a male gay couple (Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) who pursue surrogacy via single mom Goldie (Georgia King) in order to start their family. Ellen Barkin also stars as Goldie's grandmother, who is very much against gay marriage and gays as parents. What did you think of the premiere? It's certainly been embroiled in controversy. One Million Moms called for a boycott, and NBC affiliate KSL out of Utah has refused to air it because of possible explicit or crude content. Star Andrew Rannells tells Zap2it that he hopes the very people calling for the boycott tuned in and may see that it's not exactly what they thought it was. "I think they might be surprised that both sides of the gay marriage and gay parent issue is brought up. It's in a comedic way, but both sides are shown," says Rannells....

The 'New Normal': 'Glee' and 'American Horror Story' producer Ryan Murphy shakes up the family comedy

Ryan Murphy helped bring back musicals with his freak-and-geek-tastic FOX series "Glee," and his "American Horror Story" simultaneously scared the wits out of its viewers while making sly observations about the nuclear family at its core.But "The New Normal," the NBC Tuesday comedy premiering Sept. 11, may be Murphy's most surprising and subversive series yet, finding humor and heart in a decidedly shopworn premise: a couple pursuing their dream of becoming parents.The couple in question here is gay: Bryan (Andrew Rannells from Broadway's "The Book of Mormon"), a successful television producer, and David (Justin Bartha, Nicolas Cage's sidekick from the "National Treasure" movies), a sweet-natured gynecologist. Happily in a stable and committed relationship, they desperately want a child to share their lives but become disheartened by the obstacles they face.Enter Goldie (Scottish newcomer Georgia King), a waitress who has fled a dead-end marriage in Ohio to make a fresh start in California with her precocious...

The New Normal Gets New Home in Utah

The New Normal has a new home. A week after an NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City said it would not air the family comedy, KUCW-TV has picked up the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter . The station, which has ties to the CW, ABC and NBC, will air The New Normal Saturdays at 10/9c, ahead of Saturday Night Live . KUCW-TV also aired...

'New Normal' to be screened in Utah; KSL station praises 'cordial and respectful dialogue' with LGBT families

Utah television station KSL, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, announced last week that it would not be airing new NBC comedy "The New Normal" due to possible rude, crude or explicit content. The comedy revolves around a male gay couple having a baby via a surrogate. GLAAD responded by asking KSL to sit down with them and LGBT families, which KSL did. The station has not changed its position regarding "The New Normal" but did release this statement jointly with the Utah Pride Center: In a major step today, representatives of Salt Lake City's KSL-TV and its parent corporation, Bonneville International, met with LGBT families about the controversial TV show "The New Normal." Following the meeting KSL representatives stated that, "We care about and value all members of our community, including LGBT people and their families, and are grateful when there can be the type of cordial and respectful dialogue...

Ellen Barkin Responds to The New Normal Controversy

NBC's freshman sitcom The New Normal hasn't even premiered, but it's already  become a popular target for conservative groups.  The show, created by Glee's Ryan Murphy , features a  gay couple ( Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells ) who try to have a baby via surrogate ( Georgia King ). It has already has been boycotted by One Million Moms , and a Mormon-owned Utah NBC affiliate has vowed not to air the program. (The same station refused to air NBC's The Playboy Club last fall.)

'The New Normal': Another Chance for Censors to Pretend to Win TV

It hasn't aired yet, but some people already want The New Normal gone. Unfortunately for the show, those people might get their wish. One Million Moms, the PTC and the rest might not have anything substantial to do with The New Normal 's possible failure. But they will still claim it as a victory. Censors are good at that.