10 New Shows We're Worried About After Upfronts 2012
'Elementary,' 'The Neighbors' and 'Mob Doctor' are among the shows that have us on edge
'The New Normal'
"The New Normal" (NBC)
Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.
Why we're worried: Perhaps the most groan-worthy promotional clips to emerge from the upfronts came courtesy of Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler's "The New Normal," a single-camera comedy about a gay couple who recruit a surrogate mother after deciding to have a baby. At least based on the limited footage provided, Murphy (with the help of co-scribes Adler and Katherine Shaffer) seems to have peppered the script with lines that wouldn't seem out of place in a public-service announcement ("A family is a family...and love is love," chirps the mommy-to-be at one point, immediately followed by a shot of one of the gay men lovingly grasping the other by the arm). A worthy and important message? Absolutely. Handled with all the sophistication of an After-School Special? Ditto.
Why it could still end up OK: Fans of Murphy's previous work don't exactly expect "smart" or "sophisticated" from him, just a fun time. As long as he and Adler can deliver on that front -- and perhaps nurture the scene-stealing potential of co-star Ellen Barkin (a feat Murphy actually pulled off with Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story") -- "The New Normal" could pay off as a lightweight pleasure.
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