The premiere episode of The New Normal, a comedy about two gay men (Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) who decide to have a child through a surrogate mother, is now available for viewing online.
Rannells stars as Bryan and Justin Bartha plays David, a well-heeled gay couple preparing to have a child with the help of a sweet surrogate (Georgia King), despite the objections of her comically bigoted grandmother, played with great zest by Ellen Barkin.
The two gay dads scenario of the series not only taps into the cultural zeitgeist, it comes with an impeccable pedigree. It was conceived and developed by out Emmy Award–winning hit-maker Ryan Murphy, on a long winning streak after Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story, and lesbian Glee writer Allison Adler, and it costars The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s breakout star, NeNe Leakes, as the unrestrained assistant to Rannells’ character.
While the sitcom will officially premiere September 11 on NBC, it has already come under fire from conservative groups such as One Million Moms due to its subject matter. Last weekend Salt Lake City TV station KSL announced it plans to not air the series, deeming it “inappropriate” for the Mormon Church–owned affiliate.
“Gay or straight, the family dynamic has very much changed based on who’s around to raise the kid,” Rannells recently told The Advocate. “Because of divorce or financial reasons there are all sorts of people who have to pitch in to help raise kids.
Watch the entire first episode below: