Don’t worry, Ryan Murphy has a bunch of shows to fall back on.
NBC announced today that will not be renewing The New Normal for season two.
The comedy, which revolved around a gay couple (Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) who adopt a baby through a surrogate, was not the ratings runaway the peacock network hoped for after pairing it with Go On on Tuesday nights. Go On‘s cancellation was announced Friday morning.
New Normal fans can at least rest easy that they got a suitable wrap up to the story, with Goldie (Georgia King) giving birth and Brian and David getting hitched in the series finale.
NBC gave out a piece of good news today by renewing Community for a fifth (and likely final) season.
Per NBC publicity, Go Onwill not air Tuesday due to continuing storm coverage The New Normal wll also be preempted
This is a kind of New Normal we can get used to: White Collar leading man Matt Bomer will guest star on the NBC comedy.
Bomer will play a former flame of Andrew Rannells’ Bryan, who is engaged to — and expecting a baby with — David (Justin Bartha).
Creator Ryan Murphy announced the casting via Twitter on Wednesday, although reps for the series tell TVLine Bomer’s deal hasn’t closed yet. “Guess who’s coming on The New Normal as Bryan’s [Andrew Rannells] sexy ex-boyfriend? The one and only Matt Bomer!!!” he wrote.
Fans of Murphy’s Glee will of course remember that the Magic Mike star appeared on the Fox musical hit as Blaine’s thespian — and we use that term lightly — brother Cooper Anderson last season.
Are you excited to see Matt Bomer on the NBC comedy? How fun would it be if the actor’s New Normal character was a star on Bryan’s Glee-like series Sing? Sound off in the comments!
And the first series of the fall TV season to get full-season pickups are… NBC’s Go On, The New Normal and Revolution!
NBC ordered nine additional episodes of each series, bringing their episode totals for the season up to 22, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Revolution has been a solid performer for the network on Monday nights, debuting to 11.7 million and a 4.1 rating in the adults-18-to-49 demographic, the biggest drama premiere since 2009. The J.J. Abrams-produced series, which follows a group of survivors 15 years after the power went out all over the globe, has consistently retained The Voice‘s lead-in, with its most recent airing drawing 8.4 million viewers and a 3.2 on Monday.
“We’re impressed with the imagination and creative direction of the entire team on Revolution, not to mention the immediately strong response we got from the audience,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “Ordering the full season of this show is a pleasure.”
Go On, which stars Matthew Perry as a radio sportscaster who goes to group therapy to deal with the loss of his wife, bowed during the Olympics to 16.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating. In its usual timeslot, the show debuted to 9.6 million viewers and a 3.4. Its most recent outing drew 7.3 million viewers and a 2.7. Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal, which follows two men trying to start a family with the help of a surrogate, debuted to 7 million and a 2.5, dropping its latest outing with 5.2 million and a 2.0 rating.
“We’re also very proud of our new comedy block of Go On and The New Normal,” Salke said. “In partnering with Matthew Perry … creator Scott Silveri has created a comedy with a highly original voice that deftly combines humor and emotion. And Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler have created a truly unique family … that is reflective of the changing dynamics of the world we live in. These shows are both welcome additions to our new lineup!”
Which shows are you watching?