Posted on August 7, 2012 by cnsnews.com
NBC is using its 2012 Summer Olympic games coverage to promote its new fall show, “The New Normal,” the network’s version of ABC’s hit “Modern Family,” which prides itself as creating a “new type of family.”
NBC’s promotion of “The New Normal,” which is about a gay couple obtaining a child through a surrogate mother, reaches about 35.6 million viewers in its broadcasts during the Olympics. The network has enjoyed higher ratings than expected and the most of any other summer Olympics from outside the United States since the 1976 Montreal Games, according to the The New York Times.
“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,” states the show’s description on its website.
The story centers on a gynecologist doctor, David (played by Justin Bartha, star of the Hangover films), in a long-term relationship with his partner Bryan (played by Andrew Rannells, star of the Broadway show “The Book of Mormon”), who desperately wants a child. Goldie (played by Georgia King), an aspiring lawyer and single mom with an eight-year-old daughter becomes the number one choice to carry the couple’s child. Add Goldie’s “bigoted racist” grandmother (played by Ellen Barkin), uncomfortable with the situation, to the picture and the show’s pilot was born.