‘The New Normal’
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 19:09
NBC previewed the pilot to its new fall show, “The New Normal,” online Sept. 10. Although not slated to officially premiere until Sept. 11 at 8:30 p.m., the show already raised media controversy.
“The New Normal” centers around a homosexual couple (played by Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) attempting to use a surrogate to have a baby. The surrogate they find is a young woman named Goldie (Georgia King).
Utah television station KSL has refused to air the show, stating that it is morally offensive and vulgar. Five minutes into the pilot, it’s easy to see why. While not gratuitous, the sexual content and adult language is fairly explicit for television.
The show recycles some of the old favorites, complete with the despicable, yet oddly lovable, bigoted grandmother (played by movie legend Ellen Barkin). Barkin steals the show with her snarky, racist comments. There is also the stereotypical homosexual couple and the more-mature-than-her-years preteen daughter.
Show creator Ryan Murphy is no stranger to pushing the limits. Murphy’s previous television creations include “Glee,” “American Horror Story” and “Nip/Tuck.”
Like Ryan Murphy’s previous shows, “The New Normal” isn’t for those whose sensibilities are easily offended. While a dramedy about a homosexual couple is not ground-breaking, Murphy has followed his tradition of creating colorful characters that the viewer will love, hate or love to hate.
One thing is certain: “The New Normal” is unforgettable.
Have you watched ‘The New Normal’? Tweet us your review @RUTORCH.