Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy’s sitcom The New Normal has been picked up by NBC and this weekend the network posted some preview video clips and photos for the show, set to premiere this fall. The show tells the story of gay couple Brian (played by Andrew Rannells – Girls, The Book of Mormon) and David (played by Justin Bartha – The Hangover), who are having a baby via surrogate mom Goldie (played by Georgia King – One Day). Playing Goldie’s daughter Shania will be Bebe Wood, and Goldie’s grandmother Jane will be none other than Hollywood superstar (and Watch What Happens Live tee totaller) Ellen Barkin.
But perhaps of more interest to our readers is Rocky, played by The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes! As we previously reported, NeNe must have impressed Ryan Murphy with her guest spot as swim coach Roz Washington on Glee to earn the new acting gig. Unfortunately, we don’t have any information on her character yet – but she is listed as one of the official cast members on the NBC website, so we assume it is a permanent spot.
Here is the official synopsis of The New Normal from NBC followed by a number of preview clips!
These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes.
Bryan and David are a Beverly Hills couple and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed and loving partnership, the one thing missing is a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie, an extraordinary young woman with a checkered past. A Midwestern waitress and single mother looking to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother, Goldie decides to change everything and move to L.A. with her precocious eight-year-old daughter. Desperate and broke – but also fertile – Goldie quickly becomes the guys’ surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family.
From Emmy-winning hit-maker Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story,” “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck”) and starring Justin Bartha (“The Hangover,” “The Hangover Part II”), Andrew Rannells (star of Broadway sensation “The Book of Mormon”) and Ellen Barkin (“The Big Easy”) comes a fresh new comedy about the new normal family.
^ GRILLING GOLDIE
Bryan and David throw Goldie some hard-hitting questions when considering her as a surrogate
^ REDEFINING TRADITIONAL
David worries that two dads may be two too much.
^ GRANDMA’S OPINION
Goldie’s grandmother certainly doesn’t have a filter!
Still not enough The New Normal videos? Well, how about interviews with the cast members? No problem!
^ ELLEN BARKIN (Jane)
^ JUSTIN BARTHA (David)
^ GEORGIA KING (Goldie)
The New Normal will premiere this fall on NBC and air Tuesday nights at 9:30/8:30c.
Photos and videos: NBC