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The New Normal Review
If you're looking for a new comedy this fall then The New Normal may be what you're looking for.
This new comedy coming to NBC on September 11th, 2012 is all about facing stereotypes and conventions and turning them on their heads. Many issues will be raised such as homosexuality and the right for homosexual couples to have children. The issue of race will also be explored, all in the pursuit of a modern day family.
Different generations will shed light on how views have changed in the world about these sensitive topics, while being funny and humorous at the same time.
If you want to know why there's a pink elephant outside a coffe shop in the picture, then you'll have to watch The New Normal.
The New Normal Plot
Imagine you walk in on your boyfriend having sex with some other girl in your bed. What's the first thing you do? Why of course, you go pick up your little girl and ask her if she wants to run away from all her problems and go somewhere new.
That's exactly what Goldie Clemmons does.
You see, life hasn't gone the way she would have hoped. She got pregnant at a young age and had to give up her dreams. She was raised by her granmother who has a few screws loose to say the least. She also says the first thing that comes to mind, which isn't always the best thing to say.
So Goldie's little girl decides she wants to go to the nicest State ever - Hawaii. However, her mum has enough money to get them to California.
While in California, Goldie decides to try and set a better example for her little girl and try to pursue her dreams of becoming a lawyer. Of course, it costs a lot of money to go to Law School. A lot more money than Goldie has.
She comes to the realization that the best thing she ever did, and the only thing she ever did right, was to give birth to her daughter. She decides she can help same sex couples have the same joy she has, by being a surrogate.
She applies to be a surrogate and meets a gay couple who want to have children. Well Bryan Buckley wants to have babies. He thinks they are adorable and super cute and it's what he's always wanted. His partner, David Murray isn't so sure.
David thinks it might be strange bringing a baby into such a non-traditional family setting. They then discuss instances of black babies being raised by whilte families such as Barack Obama and Mariah Carey. They agree to find a surrogate to have their baby.
David and Bryan meet Goldie through an agency and they chose her as their surrogate. Eveything is going perfectly until Goldie's gran shows up. Suddenly all hell breaks loose when she makes it known she's anti-gay and anti-black. This sounds bad, but it's actually really funny.
In the end, a new family is born and the men looking to become parents try and help Goldie follow her dreams of becoming a lawyer too.
The New Normal Cast and Characters
From the picture above, from left to right, The New Normal cast and characters are....
Justin Bartha as David Murray. David isn't so sure of he and his gay partner should have kids. He feels it's not a traditional setting. He's also a gynaecologist.
Andrew Rannells as Bryan Buckley. Bryan is all giddy over wantng to have a baby. He's super happy when dadid decides to go ahead with surrogacy.
Georgia King as Goldie Clemmons. When Goldie realizes her life isn't what she thought it was, she takes her daughter to California to try and start over. She decides to become a surrogate in exchange for $35,000. With this money she hopes to show her daughter that she can go to law school and become a lawyer, which is what she wanted to do before she fell pregnant.
Bebe Wood as Shania Clemmons. She's Goldie's daughter and puts the idea of going to California in her mothers head.
Ellen Barkin as Jane Forrest. Granmother to Goldie and has a lot of opinions that she should probably keep to herself, but always fails to do so.
NeNe Leakes as Rocky. Works for Bryan and plays a typically loud African American woman. Jane and Rocky are from different worlds and are commonly at loggerheads.
Why You'll Love The New Normal Comedy
Would You Use Goldie Clemmons to Carry Your Baby?
You'll like The New Normal if you like everyday preconceived judgements being questioned and looked at from a funny angle.
If you have highly embarrasing parents, or are one yourself, you might see the humorous side to The New Normal.
If you're a fan of NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, then you'll be interested to see her role in this new comedy.