From ‘Glee’ creator Ryan Murphy, this new sitcom contains a very familiar combination of snark and sentimentality. Whether it will manage the staying power of Murphy’s best-known show remains to be seen. The new normal is gay parenthood – the couple in question veer dangerously close to cookie-cutter stereotypes but all the same, America’s current culture wars make them easy to root for. In this pilot, adrift mid-westerner Goldie (and her knowing, cute daughter Shania) arrive in the surrogate clinic just as Brian and David decide to get serious about acquiring a baby to accessorise. Also on the scene – strictly for the purposes of injecting dramatic tension – is Goldie’s homophobic grandmother Jane, with her unpleasant talk of ‘salami smokers’ and general air of gratuitous cruelty. ‘The New Normal’ often feels a touch too pleased with itself for comfort, but it may settle down, lose a touch of its early hyperactivity and become a satisfying parable of modern American life.
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