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'The New Normal': Justin Bartha talks tonight's episode on the Boy Scouts' gay ban

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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

'The New Normal': See 9 year-old Shania dressed up as the Dowager Countess -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Bebe Wood, who plays Goldie’s precocious daughter Shania on NBC’s The New Normal, is building an impressive resume of impersonations thanks to her role on the sitcom. Shania has already channeled Little Edie from Grey Gardens, Cher, and even Honey Boo Boo. Now, in tonight’s brand new episode of Normal, she takes on one of TV’s most-discussed characters: Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey. EW has an exclusive first look at the young actress dressing up like the beloved character.

Turns out, Wood is a huge fan of the British hit. “It’s my favorite show ever,” exclaims the 11-year old, who tonight also does Smith’s Mother Superior (Sister Act) and Professor McGonagall (Harry Potter). “I was on the red carpet for the People’s Choice Awards and they said, ‘What’s your favorite TV show?’ and I said, ‘Downton Abbey!’ Then the writers wrote the script that night and sent it to me but they hadn’t even had seen the interview!” Wood used a dialect coach and repeat viewings of Abbey to nail the impersonation. Click below for the finished result. READ FULL STORY

'The New Normal' scoop: Mark Consuelos and John Stamos to guest star as [SPOILER] -- EXCLUSIVE

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Larry Busacca, Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

It’s hard to fathom but The New Normal’s cast is getting even more attractive when it returns in 2013. EW has learned exclusively that both Mark Consuelos and John Stamos will be guest-starring in an episode of the NBC comedy called “Gaydar” in the new year. Consuleos will play a grip on Sing, the Glee-esque show created by Andrew Rannells’ Bryan, whom Rocky (Nene Leakes) develops a crush on. Meanwhile, Stamos will play a coworker of Ellen Barkin’s Jane whose sexuality is questioned by the conservative grandma.

Both actors are alums of other Ryan Murphy productions — Consuelos appears on American Horror Story: Asylum this season while Stamos did an arc as Emma’s dentist boyfriend during Glee’s second year.

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'The New Normal': Watch Ellen Barkin get 'eggnogg nice' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Anyone who watches NBC’s freshman comedy series The New Normal, created by Glee‘s Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler, knows that Goldie’s racist grandmother Jane (Ellen Barkin) does not mince words or say anything nice… ever. But apparently the holiday season is an exception. In this exclusive clip from Tuesday’s episode, the kryptonite to Jane’s anger is discovered: eggnog. Watch below… READ FULL STORY

Matt Bomer to guest on 'The New Normal'

Matt Bomer has just collared another Ryan Murphy gig: a guest spot on freshman NBC comedy The New Normal. The White Collar star — who appeared on Murphy’s Glee last season — will play “the sexy ex-boyfriend” of Bryan (Andrew Rannells), series creator Murphy announced on his Twitter feed today. READ FULL STORY

'New Normal' tweaks One Million Moms -- VIDEO

The socially conservative organization One Million Moms — which first made waves protesting Ellen DeGeneres’ role as a spokesperson for JCPenney’s — is not a fan of the Ryan Murphy universe. Over the summer, the protested his yet-to-be-seen sitcom, The New Normal, saying, “NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”

On tonight’s The New Normal, Murphy responds. Jane (Ellen Barkin) is rallying the conservative troops (a.k.a some middle schoolers whose parents have Romney bumper stickers on their car) to protest a fake wedding between Jane’s granddaughter Shania and another classmate. She calls the girls “Future One Million Moms” as the girls repeat right-wing talking points such as “Marriage is between Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” and “Gay marriage is currently legal in six states. My mom says that’s six too many.”

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

NBC picks up full seasons of 'Revolution,' 'The New Normal' and 'Go On'

NBC has ordered full seasons of the new drama Revolution and the freshman comedies Go On and The New Normal.

After three telecasts, Revolution is averaging a 3.6/9 share in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers, while Go On is earning a 3.2/9 and 8.6 million viewers, and Normal a 2.2/6 and 6.0 million.

“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,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in a statement. “Ordering the full season of this show is a pleasure. Thanks to J.J. Abrams, Erik Kripke, Jon Favreau, and everyone at Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television for their dedication to making a truly unique series. And I personally love to escape into a world where there is no power, the phone doesn’t ring, and the pace of life slows down — if only for one hour a week!

“We’re also very proud of our new comedy block of Go On and The New Normal. In partnering with Matthew Perry for Go On, 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 in The New Normal that is reflective of the changing dynamics of the world we live in. These shows are both welcome additions to our new lineup!”

Ryan Murphy announces George Takei and Nicole Richie are joining 'The New Normal'

The New Normal family is getting bigger!

New Normal creator Ryan Murphy has just tweeted that George Takei and Nicole Richie will both be joining the show. “Proud to announce Nicole Richie and the legendary George Takei are joining The New Normal family,” Murphy wrote, presumably referring to acting on the sitcom.

The New Normal had 5.2 million viewers this past week.

UPDATE: A rep for the show told EW that they will both be on the show playing themselves.

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Ratings: 'Go On' stays strong, 'New Normal' slips

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NBC’s freshman sitcoms Go On and The New Normal fired second round into their regular time periods Tuesday night. One title remained quite strong in the ratings, while the other slipped slightly.

First, the really good news for NBC: The Voice is continuing its upward trend, rising 13 percent this week compared to last Tuesday’s performance. The one-hour Voice had 13.3 million viewers and a 4.5 rating among adults 18-49. After last week’s softer-than-hoped-for return of the music competition series, NBC has to be pretty thrilled that both Monday and Tuesday editions posted gains, gathering strength before next week’s deluge of premieres.

Now what would be nice to see here is NBC’s comedies rise too — since they’re getting a stronger lead-in from The Voice this week. That’s a lot to ask for in new scripted shows, however, which tend to settle in the ratings for their first few episodes (at the very least).

Go On (9.3 million, 3.3) was down merely a tenth of a point in the show’s second week in this time period, which is still strong. New Normal (6.2 million, 2.2), though, already performing much softer than Go On, fell 12 percent from last week. The difference between the rating of The Voice and Go On isn’t as worrisome as the gap between Go On and New Normal, since the comedies are supposed to make good audience flow partners for each other. Both shows are on their third episodes (counting their preview airings). READ FULL STORY

'The New Normal' episode 2: 'If you can't get a man to propose, you might as well be dead'

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Fall TV may just be getting started, but The New Normal has already aired its second episode, “Sofa’s Choice.” Not knowing yet if Goldie is pregnant, Bryan and David are already making her — as well as her Grey Gardens-loving daughter — feel right at home with them.

My favorite part of the episode was definitely the hilarious flashback to how Bryan and David first got together. The “How We Met” story is a sitcom mainstay that viewers don’t normally get until seasons into a show. But I’m glad we got it early. The bar scene had everything: David’s piercing blue eyes, Bryan’s quick quips, and, of course, a dance-along to “Cruel Summer.” You can never have too much Bananarama. READ FULL STORY

'The New Normal': Six things to know about NBC's new comedy

The pilot for NBC’s new Ryan Murphy comedy The New Normal had a preview back in August during the Olympics, and that half hour also re-aired Monday night. But Tuesday night, the second episode airs and will give viewers an idea of where the show — which follows gay couple Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) as they attempt to start a family via a down-on-her-luck surrogate Goldie (Georgia King) — is going to be headed this season. But besides that, what else should you know about The New Normal? Read on for six insights into the new comedy.

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'The New Normal': Star Jayson Blair on Ryan Murphy and his days as a high school 'terror'

What’s scarier — filming a sex scene, or facing a gun-toting Ellen Barkin? Jayson Blair may be the only man on Earth fully equipped to answer that question. Blair — not to be confused with the disgraced ex-New York Times reporter who shares his name — co-stars in The New Normal as Clay, the dopey, philandering husband of surrogate-to-be Goldie (Georgia King).

But the actor insists that his character isn’t all bad: “He’s like a puppy,” Blair explains. “You get a dog, he’s two weeks old, and he pees on the carpet. And your instinct is to be like, ‘What are you doing? No, no, no, go outside, go outside!’ And then he looks at you with those big ol’ eyes, and you can’t help but smile.”

Before the new sitcom’s televised debut, we called Blair to chat about working with Ryan Murphy, the Utah affiliate that refuses to air his show, and getting past his high school Homecoming King days.  READ FULL STORY

NBC to preview Ryan Murphy's 'New Normal' during Olympics -- EXCLUSIVE

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Why should Matthew Perry have all the fun?

NBC is going to show an extended preview of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming comedy series The New Normal during the Olympics tonight. The network will air more than two minutes from the series after the Women’s BMX Finals on Friday evening. The preview is expected to hit the air around 11:17 p.m.

The New Normal is the Glee co-creator’s new comedy about a Los Angeles gay couple (Andrew Rannells) and (Justin Bartha) who have their first child with the help of a surrogate (Georgia King) who has a rather narrow-minded grandmother (Ellen Barkin).

NBC had considerable success previewing Perry’s new comedy Go On after the Olympics on Wednesday night, with the episode getting sampled by 16.1 million viewers. The network also showed an extended trailer for Revolution on Tuesday. On Sunday after the Closing Ceremony, NBC will air the full pilot for new comedy Animal Practice (exclusive clip here). New Normal premieres Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 p.m. READ FULL STORY

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