All hail the immediacy of technology! Following in the footsteps of Fox, which recently released its two new fall comedy pilots online ahead of the shows' scheduled premiere dates, NBC has posted new Ryan Murphy comedy The New Normal online for all the (U.S.-based) internet to see. The network undoubtedly hopes to generate as much web-buzz as robotically possible before the series makes its official debut two weeks from now—on Tuesday, September 11 at 9:30pm, to be exact.
The New Normal stars Andrew Rannells (Girls) and Justin Bartha (The Hangover) as Bryan and David, a gay couple who are happily living out their lives in Los Angeles in a successful, committed relationship. On the surface, they have it all. Under the surface, however, they feel a void where a baby could be. So they enlist a young, newly single mother—Goldie—to be their surrogate baby mama. But with a checkered past that's riddled by a dead-end waitressing career and an overbearing single-minded grandmother (Ellen Barkin), is Goldie really up for the task?
Sure, it might sound like it's just a zany comedy out to more-or-less exploit what it means to be a gay couple trying to build a family. And sure, it might seem weird that the cast for some reason includes Real Housewives Atlanta reality star NeNe Leakes. But considering the forces behind the show—Murphy (Glee, Chuck) is working with Ali Adler (Glee, American Horror Story) and executive producer Dante Di Loreto (Glee, American Horror Story)—it might just be worth checking those expectations at the door and watching the pilot for yourself.
I'll even make it easy for you: You don't have to GO anywhere! Watch it right here, right now, via the embed below. (You can also watch it at NBC.com, I guess, if you want.)
So, what did you think? Will you be tuning in for the whole season, for a few more episodes, or not at all?
The New Normal airs Thursday nights at 9:30pm starting September 11 on NBC.