NBC’s The New Normal definitely does not shy away from tackling social issues and, in tonight’s episode, the Ryan Murphy-Ali Adler comedy takes on the Boy Scouts and their ban on gay members. It’s a timely topic — Madonna just criticized the organization’s policy a few weeks ago at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York (and even dressed up in a Scout uniform).
Normal approaches the controversy from the perspective of Justin Bartha’s David. “David is an Eagle Scout and you’re an Eagle Scout for life,” says Bartha. “Since they’re having a boy, he is very much interested in looking back at his time with the Boy Scouts and kind of getting back into it because he’s very proud of his membership and what he learned. Then, that current topic of sexuality within the Boy Scouts is raised. But it’s not dealt with in a preachy way. It’s brought up and it’s open for a conversation as hopefully the show will be.” EW talked to Bartha about the hot-button episode. READ FULL STORY »