NBC Comedy "The New Normal," Starring Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Ellen Barkin, Given Series Order
08 May 2012
NBC has given a series order to the Ryan Murphy-Allison Adler comedy "The New Normal," starring Book of Mormon Tony nominee Andrew Rannells, according to EW.com.
Tony Award winner Ellen Barkin, stage and screen actor Justin Bartha and Scottish actress Georgia King also star in the 20th Century Fox TV and NBC comedy, directed by "Glee" co-creator Murphy.
The single-camera project is described as "a heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple, Bryan (Rannells) and David (Bartha), and the woman who becomes a surrogate (King) to help them start a family." Barkin is cast as the surrogate's glamorous grandmother.
Rannells' previous Broadway outings include leading roles in Jersey Boys and Hairspray.
As previously reported, NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the new comedy "Go On," which stars Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, Matthew Perry ("Friends"), Tony winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed), Khary Payton, Allison Miller and Suzy Nakamura.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.