Pilot Scoop: NBC Picks Up Ryan Murphy's Normal Family Comedy

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Things are getting unusually Normal for Ryan Murphy, the man behind some of today’s more outlandish TV fare.

NBC on Friday ordered a family comedy pilot from the American Horror Story executive producer and his Glee cohort Ali Adler.

The potential series, titled The New Normal, is a single-camera sitcom about a blended family made up of a gay couple and the surrogate helping them have a baby of their own.

As previously reported, Book of Mormon star Andrew Rannells has already been tapped to play one of the series’ three leads.



Comments (25)

  • Rachel’s dads.

    Comment by annie – January 27, 2012 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • IS THIS NOT EXACTLY LIKE MODERN FAMILY?! LMAO. It’s called “The New Normal, is a single-camera sitcom about a blended family made up of a gay couple and the surrogate helping them have a baby of their own.” …. Nuff said. SMDH

    Comment by Sally – January 27, 2012 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, it’s not. I read your description and still no, it is not MODERN FAMILY. They didn’t invent that style of filming, nor does one show being filmed that way make it so that no other shows are allowed to do the same. Where would it end?

      Comment by BRETT – January 27, 2012 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so instead of writing decent stuff for glee he just makes another show?

    Comment by nora – January 27, 2012 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • GLEE has had a full-time writing staff this season.

      Comment by BRETT – January 27, 2012 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • so? RM is still the leading horse among them. he always has the final word. doesn’t matter how many people are writing the material. more writers doesn’t necessarily increase the quality of the material.

        Comment by nora – January 27, 2012 03:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Someone actually wants to take credit for the writing on that show?

        Comment by Josh – January 27, 2012 05:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think it’s obvious they’re part-time at best.

        Comment by ultimate troll – January 27, 2012 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A ‘scoop’, as defined by Dictionary.com: 18. to get the better of (other publications, newscasters, etc.) by obtaining and publishing or broadcasting a news item, report, or story first

    This was reported by Deadline.com almost an hour before you posted it. Stop stealing news coverage and pretending it’s your own.

    Pathetic.

    Comment by Not a scoop – January 27, 2012 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Does your same dictionary there tell you that TVline and Deadline are owned by the same company and use some of the same writers?

      Comment by Not a scoop has Not a clue – January 27, 2012 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • LOL, love the name. Also, who cares?

        Comment by BRETT – January 27, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I meant who cares if it’s a scoop or not, in regards to “Not a scoop” comment.

          Comment by BRETT – January 27, 2012 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They are sister sites..

      Comment by Danielle H – January 27, 2012 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Terrible comment.

    Comment by Brian – January 27, 2012 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This man needs to go away now, please. Between making mediocre horror shows and mediocre musicals, how will he have time to make mediocre comedy?

    Comment by Sam – January 27, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He’s doing more “mediocre” televisions than you are, that’s for sure!

      Comment by BRETT – January 27, 2012 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AHS was a lot of things. Mediocre was not one of them!

      Comment by dee123 – January 28, 2012 12:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am interested…looking forward to it.

    Comment by lyn – January 27, 2012 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As an NBC comedy purist, I wish this show a quick and peaceful death or at least a position on Wednesdays where it can’t mess with the already-declining state of things on ‘Comedy Night Done Right’. The DOA Dwight spinoff from The Office (which has its days numbered anyway) makes me nervous about NBC as it is. I can only ask for more shows with the quality and ambition of Community, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Scrubs, Seinfeld, Friends, and the like. Here’s to hoping the rest of the coming TV season brings more quality comedies and maybe some better ratings to my favorite network.
    In addition, although I abhor Murphy’s writing and also basically his entire career, I’m not completely cynical about this show because of the following reasons:
    1. Andrew Rannells
    2. That was the whole list

    Comment by R.T. – January 27, 2012 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh yeah this will do real good in the ratings, not. Destined for failure. There probably will be less than 500 Male Heterosexual viewers.

    Comment by Hershon – January 27, 2012 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah… Because no male heterosexual viewers watch “Modern Family”. Not all straight men are homophobic, buddy.

      Having said that, I bet it will be good for 1 season and then crap like everything else Ryan Murphy does on television.

      Comment by Brian – January 28, 2012 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC used to be quality tv. Now with Community on hiatus and shows like Whitney and Are You There Chelsea? (whose ratings by the way are dropping steadily) on the air, NBC is trying to get viewers by showing crap. It’s still no helping though

    Comment by Amy – January 27, 2012 06:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am far too excited about rannells, but why ryan murphy… why…

    Comment by S. from A. – January 28, 2012 03:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No matter what it is, I just have one request: please NO Laugh track. I find them so annoying that I usually won’t watch a show that has one. Producers, trust me, if it’s funny I’ll laugh without the additional “help”.

    Comment by Bad Breaker – January 28, 2012 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • andrew rannells just signed on for another year with book of mormon. can he do both? is this show going to film in nyc? or doesn’t it start until 2013?

    Comment by jes – January 28, 2012 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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