How SILLY, the couple is IN the baby carriage!
"This is my pet raccoon, Buster. He thrives on pate."
There's nothing like September. The weather starts to change, we get to wear comfy sweaters sans coat outside and we get to snuggle up on our couches, er, sofas and watch Fall TV. It's so exciting! You get to discover amazing new shows that you'll be obsessed with and watching in late night syndication in years... and then there's The New Normal. The kind of show with so much buzz and potential that you (or I) cancel your plans to be home to watch and pretty much the moment it starts you find yourself tweeting things like:
Bryan & David
B & B- It's hard to pinpoint the problem with this couple. It's definitely not that they are "SO" stereotypical because honestly, David isn't super "gay." He's barely gone to gay clubs, seems to only have straight friends and is accused by his own husband of trying to act less "gay" all the time. Bryan's major problem is that he's played by Justin Bartha who is just insufferable as a human being and an actor. I mean who manages to be in The Hangover, one of the biggest hits of the last decade, and is only IN 5 minutes of the whole movie? An idiot. That's who. Bryan, on the other hand, is your typical self-absorbed sassy gay man. I can only imagine that he is created in Ryan Murphy's inflated self image (I've watched The Glee Project, so I know what a diva-biatch Ryan Murphy really is). Bryan sort of kind of grows during the episode in a weird and preachy way. He goes from someone who's only concerned about his couch to being ready to let go of material objects to have a child. Learning and growing in the first episode of a 30 minute comedy just didn't feel right. This isn't Glee. We don't have an hour to get invested in one storyline and cry at the end! We've got barely 24 minutes to get tons of laughs and have FUN. It's okay to grow a little, but don't beat us over the head with it.
D Yikes, Goldie is a drip. If you want to give your kid a better life, go to college, don't sell your womb. Just saying. Also, could help to grow a personality that wasn't a wet rag.
D Let me just say, I love Ellen Barkin. She is a God Damn dream. Let's be clear about that. She is wonderful. But Nana. No. This is typical Ryan Murphy derivative shit. He just had a sassy racist old hottie on American Horror Story so why not do the same exact thing here? Here's why, you're not doing it right. It's not funny, it's just racisty and homophobicy. Okay, it was funny when she said, "I want to bring goggles home." It was not funny when she said the following:
- "... a Sodom and Gomorrah fudge factory."
- "Those fruits are like cannibals all they eat is fruit."
- "Bugle blowers."
These jokes (and I shudder to call them jokes) are just pat, stupid and drivel. Ryan Murphy, hire some decent writers please, Sir, you are wasting one lovely Barkin.
D I hate to repeat myself, but I love NeNe Leakes. Let me make that abundantly clear. But what on Earth is NeNe Leakes doing on this show? Her sole purpose in life is to yell at either Kim or Donald Trump. Also, what is Rocky? An assistant? A maid? No clue.
A+ This Miniature Sally Jesse Raphael is spectacular. The one shining star in this shit show. Her Grey Gardens impression makes me want to watch Grey Gardens. She is spot on de-loy-cious. More Shania, please. Thanks.
C+ This whole show felt derivative. Ryan Murphy is stealing ideas from Ryan Murphy (like casting sassy racist ex-80s-hotties). Also, the whole "Previously on The New Normal" felt like a big rip off of Arrested Development with flashy cuts and a voice over (that guy is no Ron Howard). Just so much of this show didn't feel original and was trying way too hard (see title of episode). Better luck next week.
- David's doctor friends. They were pretty funny dorks. "We pretend to be you, just without the guy-on-guy sex."
- The Grey Gardens stuff, amazing. Tops. Loved it.
- They totally go off-format and have the three doctors break the 4th wall.
- That terrible rendition of "K-I-S-S-I-N-G". Sorry, Andrew Rannells, it's not your fault, honey.
- Wait, if Andrew Rannells is on THIS show does that mean he CAN'T be on Girls? Cause that's reason enough to cancel this show.
What did you all think? Is there hope for this Ryan Murphy "comedy"??