The New Normal is a refreshing comedy that highlights LGBTQ relationships in a favorable light.
A brand new sitcom from the creators of Glee tackles the subject of a gay couple wanting to have a baby and opposition from the outside. David (played by Justin Bartha from The Hangover) and his partner Bryan (Andrew Rannells from HBO Girls) are in a long-term committed relationship and decide that they want to take the logical next step, having a child. After some discussion they decide that they will use David’s sperm, have picked an egg donor that looks just like Gwyneth Paltrow and are just needing a perfect surrogate. After meeting the surrogate from hell they come across Goldie (played by Georgia King) who is a recently single mother of one who has just moved from Ohio to California to escape her life, including her narrow-minded grandmother Jane (played by Ellen Barkin).
Not long after Bryan and David agree to use Goldie to carry their child (Goldie plans to using the $35,000 surrogate fee to go back to school to be a lawyer) does Jane track down her granddaughter and express her extreme disgust in the thought of her carrying a child for “gays”.
Throw in Nene Leakes playing Rocky, Bryan’s assistant, and you have the perfect formula for comical banter. Jane’s political incorrectness and uncensored mouth provides ideal set-up for the witty comebacks that Ms. Leakes character can provide (not only in character, but in real life) and Bryan’s self-abosrbed materialistic personality is balanced nicely by the down to earth OB/GYN role that David provides.
Goldie plays a down to earth, open-minded and loving mother to her eccentric daughter Shania who provides her own comedy with cute one-liners such as, “Nana you’re a bigot, I’m unfriending you”.
The New Normal will continue to air Tuesdays at 9:30pm on NBC.