By Lauren Paulsen, Contributor
Ryan Murphy’s got a number of hit shows under his belt, but he is perhaps best known for creating the popular dramedy Glee. The latest show Murphy’s added to his creative resume is a new comedy entitled The New Normal, which had its premiere last Monday.
The New Normal stars Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha as Bryan and David, a gay couple that wishes to have a baby of their own. In comes Goldie (played by Georgia King), a single mother who had her first born at the young age of 15. After finding her husband in bed with another man, Goldie decides to change her and her child’s life for the better, which of course requires some money. She decides to become a surrogate, and thus meets Bryan and David. Add in Goldie’s not-so-secretly homophobic ‘nanny from hell,’ Jane (played by Ellen Barkin), and you’ve got an interesting cast of characters.
The idea behind The New Normal is definitely an intriguing one, and I’m already interested in seeing where the plot goes. Some of the pilot fell flat in its writing, and there were several moments where it felt as though the camera was shooting the series like a reality show, but the pilot remained solid throughout.
A show like this has of course received controversy from conservative groups, such as One Million Moms, but what can you do; there will always be people trying to rain on your parade.
Regardless, I think The New Normal’s view on the troubles gay couples encounter is an interesting topic, and I will be keeping my eye on this one to see how it turns out.