1. Kevin says

    Ellen is very funny but each new episode of THE NEW NORMAL convinces me further that writer/creator Ryan Murphy has absolutely no concept of how to create a character who acts like a real person or put them into real-life situations. It, like his other creations GLEE & NIP TUCK, are total fantasies. That said, THE NEW NORMAL is still better than PARTNERS.

  2. GregV says

    I have actually been finding that The New Normal has been spreading around the craziness and the sense of reason ALMOST evenly among the characters (perhaps too much for my taste, even though I have come to enjoy the characters).
    I mean, the gay- and gay-friendly characters all seemed to think it was fine last night for little Shania to have this fake wedding to a boy she’s known for less than a month, and they went all-out to make it a momentous day.
    Nana schools them in the fact that marriage is not meant for children and dogs (which none of the gays seem to get) and then ruins the point by adding that it’s also not for gays (I can’t remember, but she probably actually said “a pair of pole-munchers” or something derisive like that).

  3. Lucas H says

    LMAO!! Her character cracks me up. I have last nights episode on my DVR, I still need to watch it.

    I’m not sure why this show gets so much flack, its just a silly tv show and it is kinda funny. I’m sad Partners sucks so bad though. Brandon Routh is lovely.

  4. Caliban says

    I was putting up with the show, neither loving it nor hating it- just giving it a chance, right up until the “Obama Mama” episode. If you want to address the political divisions in this country in a comedic way, great. Have at it. But either do it justice or leave it alone. I was having problems streaming it so I turned it off halfway through and haven’t bothered to go back and see how it ended, but the part I saw was really p*ssing me off.

  5. mattman says

    I find this show to be really offensive, and frankly not funny. One stereotype after the other, not clever writing, just a poorly written soap box. The snark level is just toxic.

  6. Zlick says

    Haven’t seen this episode yet, but I’m hating The New Normal less and less. It’s cute, yes it’s fantasy, and Andrew Rannells is grating on my nerves less and less – seeming a little less like a prancing stereotype than at first. And if true, I totally forgive that, as actors routinely find their characters over the course of the first season. So I’m still going with this show.

    Partners, on the other hand, is pissing me off. I don’t know the name of the actor who plays the Flamer on that show, but he seems to be moving in the opposite direction. I can’t believe Superman would be his boyfriend, and I feel for poor Superman because this show is sucking and I think will soon be put out of our collective misery.

    I suppose it’s great that gay characters are on TWO television shows – but while I have zero problem with flaming queens in real life, I cringe when that is presented for laughs on TV.

  7. Caliban says

    Oh, and I think it was a mistake to dignify the “One Million Moms” group (actual members about 40,000) by naming them. Why increase their profile by putting them on a network TV show? Call the group the Billion Biddies or whatever you want, but do anything that might actually promote OMM.

  8. says

    If you want to see Brandon Routh as a gay man in something funnier than Partners, go check out “Zack And Miri Make A Porno”. His scenes with Justin Long as his porn directing boyfriend are hilarious. Make sure to stick around for more of Brandon and Justin after the end.

  9. says

    @ GREGV – She called them “Banana Polishers,” which I actually found funny.

    The show as a whole is…interesting. There are tons of stereotypes (even Nene saying she loves Niki Minaj) but that is sort of what the show is doing here. They are more caricatures than characters. I’ll give it a couple more episodes before I decide, I do find myself laughing a decent amount.

  10. Yuki says

    I was giving the show a chance, because Nana and Shania were absolutely hilarious. I didn’t buy the romance between the two leads, or did I buy that they actually wanted a kid. I got up to “Obama Mama” and it was just too much of trying to be up on current events (blatantly so), and I couldn’t get through it. :/

  11. Vito says

    I don’t see myself represented by any gay man on TV. Never had. They are always over-the-top stereotypes or dark, creepy outcasts. For once, can’t a gay man simply be masculine and lacking good design taste? Guess that would confuse them with our straight counterparts. Hmmmm… there’s a unique concept.

  12. Zlick says

    Well, to be fair, Andrew Rannell’s boyfriend is played as a completely boring straight guy. I find his character completely unlikable – so I guess there’s no winning.

  13. Paul says

    I pulled the plug (on my DVR that is) on this show last night, I could not stand it any longer. If the only “funny” character on the show is Ellen Barkin’s character… go figure. There is no chemistry between the two leads and Ryan Murphy should stick to drama, not dramedy or whatever you want to call this mini-Glee on steroids. That show is also off the DVR, a long, long time ago.

  14. Bob says

    I can see lots of lessons for the public
    Last night, the Dr proposed marriage, and you see why he changed his mind.
    — it sort of gives castor oil to straight people’s homophobia

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