NBC’s ‘The New Normal’ Cancelled

The last piece has fallen into NBC‘s comedy puzzle, with the network canceling Ryan Murphy‘s freshman comedy The New Normal. To recap, of all current NBC comedy series, only two, Parks & Recreation and Community, made it to next season as the network is betting heavily on its half-hour pilots. The New Normal has garnered a lot of attention (and some controversy) with its subject of a gay couple having a baby. It recently won a GLAAD Award but largely failed to gain traction with viewers.

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  • :(

    Comment by m — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 5:57pm PDT  
  • Thank God–a tedious and unfunny show with a very family-unfriendly premise. Let all responsible now slink away.

    Comment by Odette — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 5:59pm PDT  
    • I did not like the show. It was really not funny, except for a couple of moments now and then. Having said that, it was a very family friendly show. It was about family and inclusion. All lessons that should be taught to children.

      Comment by Family — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:57pm PDT  
      • No, see, Ryan Murphy gets to define a family any way he wants, that’s the “new normal,” any way he wants….and he gets to teach those values. Well, I get the same privilege–to define family in my own fashion and to teach those values. My definition of family is: Mother, father, their kids. I know, bizarre–but those are my values. I get to teach them. I get to decide that my kids and I won’t watch a show like “The New Normal”….a decision that Americans seem to have made in rather overwhelming numbers.

        Comment by MollyMac — Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 10:17am PDT  
        • MollyMac – God bless you dear.

          Comment by George — Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 8:19am PDT  
        • Of course you get to define it any way you want. So does every other viewer. Why does that mean they shouldn’t be given the option of The New Normal? Watch whichever shows you prefer, and let others do the same. Do you prefer the homogeneity of shows in the 60s like Father Knows Best, in which women are completely marginalized? Do you believe that women shouldn’t work? Because that was what TV told them for decades. Thank god for shows that present an alternative as acceptable. There were only a few of them, and they only finally came out in the last decade. Now they’re all canceled. Thanks to people who confuse telling others what to value for “having their own freedom.” Your comment is just saying that your freedom is more important than everyone else’s.

          Comment by Olga Desyatnik — Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 5:50pm PDT  
        • you go girlfriend you want your kids to grow up messed up in the head and have a wrong way of thinking then by all means don’t forget to teach them about the superior races and maybe take them to enjoy a cross burning! have fun and best of luck in life… your kids are gonna need alot of luck in there life ;)

          Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 3:27pm PDT  
      • I did not let my child watch this show because of the way the premise was presented.
        I do let him watch Modern Family, however. It is a much funnier show and presents the brother and his partner in a funny yet loving family friendly environment.
        “New Normal” was too in your face, and over the top.

        Comment by Lorrine — Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 8:58am PDT  
    • Family-unfriendly. Shouldn’t you be protesting at a funeral somewhere?

      Comment by Remote Patrolled — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 7:23pm PDT  
      • While I get why Odette said what she said as this country continues it’s descent towards moral bankruptcy, I must say that “Shouldn’t you be protesting at a funeral somewhere?” is about the funniest response I have ever read.

        Comment by Indrid Cold — Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT  
        • Then please, NEVER try to be a comedy writer. Your sense of humor sucks.

          Comment by PaulPaul — Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 8:21am PDT  
    • First of all, this show was BASED on family. The bonds between a mother and her daughter, a grandmother and her family, and a loving couple about to adopt a child. If you think it was unfunny, that’s certainly a valid opinion, but calling it unfriendly to families is ridiculous.

      I’m personally sad about this. I loved Andrew Rannells, and was excited to see where it would go.

      Comment by Mel — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 7:27pm PDT  
    • You DO realize this is the 21st century we’re living in right???

      Comment by Jason — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 10:21pm PDT  
      • Yes,so what is your point? The family dynamic that has existed from all time must change because it’s the 21st century?

        Comment by Mook — Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT  
    • just because it was pc didn’t make it good. Murphy seemed to think he was emulating the great Normal Lear circa All In the Family – but Archie Bunker and gang were finely drawn, multi-dimensional characters. As we’ve seen from Glee and American Horror, Murphy only knows how to be glib and derivative. He sees people who don’t agree with him as one-note red-neck red-staters. No one really acts like that. I don’t care if a show has a liberal agenda, but it needs to be funny and somewhat subtle.

      Comment by Jan — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 11:03pm PDT  
      • Cancelled? HooRAAY!

        Comment by zangandelf — Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 9:21am PDT  
    • This should prove to everyone in doubt – there is a God.

      Comment by HenryO — Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 8:18am PDT  
  • sad but expected

    Comment by merrrrraanga — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:02pm PDT  
  • If this was on CW the ratings it got on NBC would be a massive hit on our network.

    Comment by CW Executive — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:02pm PDT  
    • Maybe you can convince someone at the CW to pick it up? Pleeeeeease!

      Comment by Liz — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 7:56pm PDT  
      • “Maybe you can convince someone at the CW to pick it up?”

        Simple math…double the length of the show (CW is all about 60 minute shows) and cut the age of the entire cast by 1/2 or 2/3rds (CW is all about the teens).

        Oh, and script some funny lines for what is supposed to be a comedy rather than a public exercise in posturing PC.

        Comment by cas127 — Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 5:26pm PDT  
    • to the CW executive – so make the pitch to the CW to keep Happy Endings!!! they don’t do comedy…but it couldn’t hurt to diversify the show lineup

      Comment by Pepper — Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 6:32am PDT  
    • you should try and get it on your network.. THis show was not only good in my opinion but allowed for some normalcy to same sex families. it was in your face but whats wrong with that? with all the violence and crap in the world why not show a couple loving each other and doing what they feel is right

      Comment by liza MJ — Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 5:34am PDT  
  • Yay! It STUNK to high heaven.

    Comment by Miffy — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:02pm PDT  
  • Let the backlash finally begin.

    Comment by Harvey — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:03pm PDT  
  • Community and Parks and Rec are the only NBC comedies to survive this season. I love it! Full disclosure, I watched Go On and The new normal too, but they just didn’t compare to the sadly canceled NBC classic The Office and 30 Rock. I’m glad Community and Park and Rec can carry on as the classic comedies, but I am still mildly sad about the cancelations of all the other ones. RIP NBC Comedies, you are gone and soon to be forgotten. BUT COMMUNITY WAS RENEWED SO WHO CARES!!!???!!!!

    Comment by Yeah Buddy — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:03pm PDT  
  • A really sweet show that deserved more.

    Comment by Too Bad — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:03pm PDT  
  • Sad to see it go. Luckily they wapped everything up nicely so that if feels like a complete series.

    I do wonder what NBC is thinking though. They’ve just cancelled everything and are now praying all their new shows make it which is highly unlikely.

    Comment by Tom — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:03pm PDT  
  • Expected considering the ratings, but at least it ended with a proper conclusion.

    Comment by ZmaX — Friday May 10, 2013 @ 6:04pm PDT  
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