NBC Axes The New Normal

The New Normal is no more. It wasn't renewed for Season 2, leaving fans in limbo. Star Justin Bartha recently spoke out about NBC's decision to can the show.

Justin Bartha

Last week, NBC officially canceled one of its most talked-about shows: Ryan Murphy's The New Normal. It was a revolutionary comedy that centered on a same-sex couple, their surrogate and her family.

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The series starred Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes and Ellen Barkin. Bartha played one half of the main couple and was very invested in the show's success. After hearing the news, he spoke with The Huffington Post about the decision.

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"It's kind of bittersweet... Well, I wouldn't call it bittersweet, but I have mixed feelings because I do think that I wasn't necessarily expecting it to get picked up, but I do think that we accomplished quite a bit in one season," he explained.

"When we started the show, we had a very specific conversation that our goal was to portray a homosexual couple in a realistic matter on network television, and I think we achieved that goal."

The actor doesn't want you to be too hard on NBC. Bartha gives them credit for even giving them a chance.

"The NBC executives get a lot of critique from the press, but they should be applauded for putting us on the air in the first place, because we still have a long way to go with equality in this country and around the world," Bartha said.

"Just read the comment section on your website and you'll see people spewing hateful language and hateful words about all types of people. So we already know that we have a long way to go for that and I'm not saying that The New Normal was a lightning bolt to the cause, but I do think it was a drop in the bucket and I'm proud to be a part of it."

Bartha may be gone from TV, but not theaters. He returns to the big screen May 24, when he reprises his role as Doug in The Hangover Part III.

Photo credit: Nikki Nelson/WENN


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Comments on "New Normal star calls cancellation "bittersweet""

mazju October 13, 2013 | 4:48 AM

Wow that was the funniest show . It was cool with a great cast. The writing was also genius. NBC you rock. Now bring them back.

alex October 09, 2013 | 5:13 PM

I loved this show too!!!! It was refreshing and a change of pace from all the the other dramadies on TV. Now what am I going to watch on NBC? This was my favorite new show!

LB September 14, 2013 | 10:51 AM

I wonder if Netflix could/ would revive this awesome comedy!?!

Terri July 09, 2013 | 6:38 PM

Loved this show, the best comedy on television! An Aussie fan

Peter July 03, 2013 | 3:47 AM

Loved season 1, can't beleive they cancelled it after one season :(

Angel June 24, 2013 | 6:03 AM

Absolutely gutted. I honestly could cry.

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