Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pilot Prattle: The New Normal

NBC.com currently has a selection of their upcoming fall pilots available for previewing, and we were lucky enough to check out The New Normal. The latest brainchild of Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story, Popular), the show focuses on a gay couple (Andrew Rannelis and Justin Bartha) as they plan to add a branch to their family tree.


The story also follows a young waitress who lives with her daughter and her highly conservative grandmother (Ellen Barkin). After finding out her husband is cheating on her, she realizes she's spent her whole life NOT following her dreams and flees to California with her daughter. While there, she discovers a way to make something of her life and to make some quick money: by becoming a surrogate.

You can put two and two together and figure out that this is exactly who the couple turns to... after unsuccessfully teaming up with Gwyneth Paltrow's dopple-ganger (played by Gwyneth Paltrow).

Barkin steals the show as the new Sue Sylvester, slinging hate and irrelevant zingers to everyone that gets in her way and doesn't share her opinions. Some of our favorites included calling an Asian woman "Hello Kitty" and discussing a gay man's obsession with naming pets after Broadway characters. However, her best scene was with Atlanta Housewife, Nene Leakes, who we also are willing to bet will become an audience favorite. She certainly won us over, and we pray that these two share a lot more screen time together.


 Will it be our favorite new show of the season? Probably not, but it does have heart and manages to make us belly laugh with some zesty one-liners. Everything that Glee season one gave us is back, but this time, we know to enjoy it while we can because with Murphy, a terrible season two will be quickly approaching.


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