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Old 10-10-2012, 15:37
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Watched the pilot last night, rather liked it. loved the nan character..

also watched The Neighbors (abc) - not as good


anyone else seen em?
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Old 10-10-2012, 16:15
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Watched the pilot last night, rather liked it. loved the nan character..

also watched The Neighbors (abc) - not as good


anyone else seen em?
Yes there is a US Pace thread already.

http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showt...the+new+normal
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Old 17-02-2013, 14:45
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Seeing as two threads were created for the US pace and there isnt one for the UK E4 speed I thought I'd just use this. If the mods would be kind enough to change the title of the thread from NBC to E4 that would be appreciated

So who is watching this on E4 I really am liking it, however I wasn't expecting to but the fact that its a Ryan Murphy show I decided to give it a chance.

The Nana character is quite funny also the actors playing the gay couple have good chemistry together. Episode 3 and 4 so far have been the best
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Old 17-02-2013, 17:05
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I'm on UK pace, its started out reasonably well. Although I hated last weeks episode that focused on the grandmother and her barfly romance. I'll be honest it nearly made me give up on the show, but I hung on and tried this weeks (the Pretend Wedding) and it was back to 'normal'.
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Old 18-02-2013, 13:01
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I'm on UK pace, its started out reasonably well. Although I hated last weeks episode that focused on the grandmother and her barfly romance. I'll be honest it nearly made me give up on the show, but I hung on and tried this weeks (the Pretend Wedding) and it was back to 'normal'.
Yes that episode was a mis-step Nanagasm I believe it was called

Ratings don't look good in the States for the show but seeing as its inevitable that NBC will be cancelling a shedload of other shows this one might be given a second chance.
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Old 21-02-2013, 07:19
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Watching E4.
Think the show is improving each episode. Hopeful for a second season!!!
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Old 21-02-2013, 14:57
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Watching E4.
Think the show is improving each episode. Hopeful for a second season!!!
Not too confident there will be a second season it does seem to be skating along in terms of ratings in America but I wouldn't be surprised if it's cancelled.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/201...nceled/169658/

but there might be hope if NBC decides to cancel sitcoms such as Guy's with Kids, 1600 Penn plus the much awaited news of limbo show Up all Night, The New Normal might just have a chance at a second season (well I hope anyway)

p.s. please can the mods change the thread title to E4 speed as this is a duplicate US speed thread and I thought it'd be better to continue with this than creating a completely new thread for the UK speed. It might put UK watchers off by seeing NBC instead of E4. Thanks
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Old 21-02-2013, 20:45
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I hope it gets a second season, its my favorite show atm
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Old 22-02-2013, 20:01
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This weeks was pretty good. When I started to realise they were doing a religious episode it was a sharp intake of breath moment, as some shows have tried it in the past and whilst meaning well end up being done ham fisted. Thankfully though I found this one quite balanced.
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Old 22-02-2013, 21:50
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The main reason this show isn't connecting with audiences is because, for the most part, too many Americans do not agree with homosexual couples having any rights - let alone getting married and having adopted kids!

It's a shame because I think the show is hilarious.
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Old 09-05-2013, 21:36
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Was tonight's (E4) episode out of sequence or just a huge continuity error?

We seem to have jumped backwards 3 months, after seeing both Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes. Not to mention the "return" of Nanna when she's been living in SoCal with the rest of them.
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Old 09-05-2013, 22:26
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I hate that the nanna character started off as the best, with the funniest lines, and now seems to have been watered down. She was far better as a stand alone character and didn't need to integrate with other characters to make her appealing to the audience - she was already appealing (and IMO far funnier) beforehand!!
Also, I don't like the really mincey gay character. He annoys me so much. He's so fem that they just should have made it a straight couple who couldn't have kids and wanting a surrogate!
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:34
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I hate that the nanna character started off as the best, with the funniest lines, and now seems to have been watered down. She was far better as a stand alone character and didn't need to integrate with other characters to make her appealing to the audience - she was already appealing (and IMO far funnier) beforehand!!
Also, I don't like the really mincey gay character. He annoys me so much. He's so fem that they just should have made it a straight couple who couldn't have kids and wanting a surrogate!
The whole point of the show is that its a gay couple, it is the new normal. To have a straight couple makes the show rather bland. Having a gay couple adds a difference to the show.

I agree with the Nan character though, I feel she should have stayed as the homophobic character.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:36
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Was tonight's (E4) episode out of sequence or just a huge continuity error?

We seem to have jumped backwards 3 months, after seeing both Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes. Not to mention the "return" of Nanna when she's been living in SoCal with the rest of them.
The Halloween episode was cancelled in the US and was shown later.
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Old 11-05-2013, 19:57
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The Halloween episode was cancelled in the US and was shown later.
Bit weird, guess they couldn't just show it a week later as it'd be Turkey Day.

Oh well guess it doesn't matter much seeings as the Peacock canned it today. Which to be honest isn't that much of a surprise, it did seem like it was being stretched out. Here's hoping they wrap it all up neatly in the finale.
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Old 12-05-2013, 00:04
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Such a shame this show has been cancelled. Wonder if the right wing groups who boycotted the advertisers had anything to do with the decision?
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:46
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^There's a chance, but the ratings were falling week by week.
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Old 12-05-2013, 19:12
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Purely a personal opinion but I thought it was all a bit 'meh!' and the characters were suprisingly formulaic with the usual ignorant and bigoted parent, stupid and useless ex, 'old beyond their years' child (who they lumbered with some horribly awkward 'grown up' dialogue that the actress wasn't really capable of delivering) and so on. Even the choice of one 'fem' and one 'straight acting' gay in a couple is horribly clichéd.

It also did that terrible thing beloved of US sitcoms whereby nearly every episode ends with a homily or "lesson learned", often in the excruciatingly twee form of a closing monologue, which I'm afraid set my teath on edge on more than one occasion.

Plus I felt the whole (B)Ryan as a producer of a 'Glee-a-like' was a clunky and shameless vanity puff by the show's creator who ought to be experienced enough by now that he could go beyond "write what you know" and set his character in another, less autobiographical milieu. A bit lazy that, IMO!

On the whole it was serviceable but unsurprising as a sitcom and I feel that whatever it set out to do it failed to do with any particular panache, sophistication or magic and that, as much as any resistance to the concept from fundamentalist christians, right-wingers or redneck bigots, is probably why audiences didn't flock to it in droves.

Final Score: Distinctly Average.
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Old 12-05-2013, 20:36
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I won't miss The New Normal - It started OK, Shania was Waaaaaayyyyy to much with her 'adult wisdom' Goldie was abit of a bore (she didn't really cut as the 'sweet, innocent, bimbo). Jane was just plain annoying in the end, her 'new look' made her look worse imo. David was alright i guess, but never added much. Bryan was ok as well, but his character deteriorated as the season progressed. Rocky was a good character, only problem is her character was in the wrong show!

Overall 4/10 - Will not be missed.
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Old 12-05-2013, 21:07
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Plus I felt the whole (B)Ryan as a producer of a 'Glee-a-like' was a clunky and shameless vanity puff by the show's creator who ought to be experienced enough by now that he could go beyond "write what you know" and set his character in another, less autobiographical milieu. A bit lazy that, IMO!
I thought the same. It was a bit too on the nose really.

The concept could have worked better, perhaps not making them as affluent, and perhaps not so 'LA' for starters.
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Old 14-05-2013, 09:12
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Indeed, 2 working class gays in Detroit or Chicago, one a bartender, one a beat cop, co-opting the waitress from the cop's favourite diner to be their surrogate might have been more inspired.
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Old 16-05-2013, 20:18
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Indeed, 2 working class gays in Detroit or Chicago, one a bartender, one a beat cop, co-opting the waitress from the cop's favourite diner to be their surrogate might have been more inspired.
Now that sounds like a good show. You could still have the waitress wanting to be a lawyer but then discovering she can design clothes.
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Old 07-06-2013, 19:25
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Well the finale was on last night (UK pace) anyone catch it? I thought it was quite a decent ending, although I couldn't really have seen it move on much for a second season. All that would be left would be the Goldie will-she-won't-she plot.
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Old 07-06-2013, 19:36
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I tried to like this and I stuck with it but it was so cliched throughout. Tried too hard to be a rainbow of joy and lifestyles. It had potential but it was so stilted.

Was amusing to see Riley from National Treasure all grown up.
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