Nene Leakes latest sitcom venture The New Normal has been embroiled in controversy from the outset. There were the usual whackdoodle bigots who apparently think gay people should not be on TV. The same group that had a hissy fit when Ellen Degeneres became the spokes person for JCPenney tried to raise a fuss, but apparently they are just a handful (not a million, not even a dozen) shut-in hausfraus from Florida. Now the morons want to get in on the act. The Salt Lake City NBC affiliate is refusing to air the show even before they have seen a single episode. Ellen Barkin, who plays the conservative, bigot mother on the show has offended many people, not limited to republicans, by wishing death on attendees of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Barkin retweeted a fan who said, ” “C’mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean! #RNC.” Not a good look.
From Deadline.com, whose crowd is more into television and movies than housewives and gossip:
They should call this show “The New Funny.” Because it is nothing like “The Old Funny.” You know? The one that resulted in laughter…Comment by snark — Wednesday August 29, 2012
Agreed. This was my least favorite of all NBC’s new shows, and really, that’s saying something because it’s another blah year for the peacock. I like the actors, but the script is just trying too hard to be clever. I’m surprised they didn’t all turn to the camera after every joke and go “eh? eh?” Comment by NotQuiteRight — Wednesday August 29, 2012
Watched the whole episode and didn’t laugh once. This show is trying way too hard to be ‘politically incorrect’ to the point that it is just boring and obvious. Someone please add a reply and tell me how was this greenlit and who is it supposed to appeal to because I am at a loss. Comment by coppertopolo — Wednesday August 29, 2012
It was put on the air because of who the creators are. If you had written it obviously it would never have been produced or for that matter looked at. NBC wants to be in the Ryan Murphy business. Now they are but they won’t get much of an audience for this. It’s too radical for mainstream success. It belongs on Bravo or Logo or Current or Showtime or HBO. Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday August 29, 2012
Now I understand why Ryan Murphy is on the “outs” with the gay community in Hollywood. -RnsW Comment by Robert Not So Wise
Andrew Rannells performance is a little too flamboyant, which I think ends up portraying gays in a bad and stereotypical light, whether he means to or not. It’s highlighted especially when you put a “straight man” in there which reinforces the stereotype that there needs to be a “man” and a “woman” in a gay relationship. Comment by Joel — Wednesday August 29, 2012
Just threw up a little bit in my mouth after watching that. Disgusting. Comment by amirite — Thursday August 30, 2012
However, the major Gossip Rags (who have an interest in interviewing Nene) have a much different outlook. Ken Tucker of EW.com says, “Creator Ryan Murphy (Glee) adds frothy dollops of extreme by tossing in two valuable players who could not be more different: Ellen Barkin is Goldie’s genially homophobic grandmother, while reality TV vet NeNe Leakes proves a finely aggressive comic actress as Bryan’s office assistant.” And Eonline.com has selected it as one of the five new shows they love. The IMDb boards are mixed on their reviews but several call the show too preachy, too political and not funny.
Overall, if you believe the serious TV fans of posting at Deadline and IMDB, then the show won’t last long. If you believe the Entertainment rags, the show will be a hit. Time will tell.