But until recently gay characters were almost exclusively defined by their sexuality, while also being denied the freedom to express it.
In this scene, in which Anne and Ryan compete for the favors of bisexual Talia (Perry’s former In some ways this is a retrograde return to TV gays constantly being confronted with homophobia.
So why are people (specifically One Million Moms) calling for a boycott of the show?
During "The New Normal" Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour panel -- which featured stars Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, Ne Ne Leakes and Bebe Wood, as well as executive producers Murphy, Ali Adler and Dante Di Loreto -- I asked what they thought of the One Million Moms outrage. " "It the new normal -- it's not going to be the new normal," Bartha added when talking about frustrations with the boycott.
, which finally expired a couple of seasons later than might have been ideal, these shows were all killed because they didn’t attract enough viewers. primetime television went to new places with its gay characters, many of whom were unquestionably, proudly, and uncompromisingly gay—but had a lot more going on besides.
The couple dynamic — one’s queeny while the other is slightly nerdy and could possibly pass for straight among the severely gaydar-challenged — is not exactly a match made in sitcom heaven.
Their relationship is straighter (as in no curves, no coloring outside the lines) than most straight relationships on TV!
If that really were the new normal, opponents of gay marriage wouldn’t stand a chance (and in the long run, they probably don’t).
The cast of "The New Normal" - including Georgia King, Ellen Barkin, Andrew Rannells, Nene Leakes and Justin Bartha - share their thoughts on the new series that's already causing some healthy controversy across the country.
"The New Normal," NBC's new fall comedy from Ryan Murphy, already has one-up on the competition: They've had the distinct honor of being the first new network show of the season to be boycotted. Yeah, not so much if you're into equality, gay rights or unique takes on traditional situations in your TV comedies.