REVIEW: The Redeye Rogue Report: ‘The New Normal’ Serves Up The Same Old Normal Comedy

These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes. Bryan (Andrew Rannells, “Girls,” “The Book of Mormon”) and David (Justin Bartha, “The Hangover”) are a Beverly Hills couple and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed and loving partnership, the one thing missing is a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie (Georgia King, “One Day”), an extraordinary young woman with a checkered past. A Midwestern waitress and single mother looking to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother (Ellen Barkin, “Ocean’s Thirteen”), Goldie decides to change everything and move to L.A. with her precocious 8-year-old daughter.  Desperate and broke – but also fertile – Goldie quickly becomes the guys’ surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams.  Surrogate mother, surrogate family. “The New Normal” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Productions.  Murphy serves as creator/executive producer and director along with executive producer/creator/writer Ali Adler (“Glee,” “Chuck”) and executive producer Dante Di Loreto (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”). -NBC

Rating:     50 out of 100

Redeye Rogue

There are people who are ready to support The New Normal or destroy it, based solely upon its subject matter.  Some reviewers have taken offense to the overtness of the show, calling foul on preachiness and lessons.

But seriously, all drama/comedy carries with it an undercurrent of ‘lesson.’  Stories are in many ways, lessons, that teach us about life and how we face it.  Perhaps the lessons are just too “in your face” for some reviewers.

The New Normal, however, seems blind to the fact that the mechanism doing the preaching is an awful stereotype of  itself.

The Sassy Black chick indeed…

The show is not without merit.  Its heart is absolutely in the right place. Conservatives should rally around a show that is so blatantly pro-life.  Bebe Wood is astonishing, and I found myself chuckling at many of the gags revolving around her.

The thing about shows like this, is that they try so hard to be everything to everyone, while at the same time, changing hearts and minds.  Yet, astonishingly, it is exhibit “A” in its own argument.

If it could tone back the stereotypes, not paint in such broad strokes, we might have something  here.

‘Til then, I’m still holding on to my VHS collection of Bosom Buddies episodes.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I think it’s magnificent that you have a Bosom Buddies collection.

For a different take, go here.

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One Response to REVIEW: The Redeye Rogue Report: ‘The New Normal’ Serves Up The Same Old Normal Comedy

  1. Pingback: ADVANCE REVIEW: ‘The New Normal’ (NBC – Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.) | TV-Tastic

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