I want a clip of Mark Consuelos saying, "I'm gay, I'm gay!" on an endless loop on my computer.
I like both GO ON and THE NEW NORMAL.
NN is the first time Ryan Murphy has succeeded in writing coherent long-term story. Whether he can continue after the baby is born, well, that's another matter.
GO is the first post-FRIENDS show I've liked enough to watch every week with any of the Friends--the first one that doesn't remind me of the shows NBC used to stick in the sling between FRIENDS and SEINFELD, year after year.
The little girl read lines too fast.
I enjoyed the episode with Matt Bomer, but not last night. The characters played by John and Mark would be idiots not to understand the 'see if he's gay' game they played.
At least they didn't try the test we used in high school: check the bottom of your foot, your nails, etc.
[quote]NN is the first time Ryan Murphy has succeeded in writing coherent long-term story.
Says someone who can't write a coherent sentence.
What is wrong with that sentence, R13?
Not R13, but you're missing an indefinite article.
I want to like this show, having a gay couple who actually act like a couple at the core is very refreshing. But yeah it just isn't that great to me. This last episode was a great example. The argument about the christening outfit was silly and the gay or not gay plot just reveled in dumb stereotypes even though they tried to do that as a lesson it still seemed a very stereotyped message.
Stamos looked great though.
Barkin has calmed down a bit which makes her more tolerable. The first few episodes were like she was doing Medea or something.
Ryan Murphy can write one season of a series. It's the second season and subsequent ones where he fucks up.
He fixed that problem with American Horror Story. It's essentially a brand new show every season. No sophomore slump ever.
Normal is kind of having a freshman slump.
The New Normal has many moments of true brilliance. I pray that NBC lets it stay on long enough to truly gel and to find its audience.
The XY Factor episode was one of the most wonderful episodes of television I have ever seen,though there was one sentence in it which I did not like. But we need the special moments this show often provides.
The show is a hit. It gets them the ratings. It ain't going anywhere. I like it a lot.
The show may have started off with decent ratings, but it is currently NOT a hit. The ratings have been on a steady decline for weeks with last night reaching a series low. It will still probably be picked up for a second season, but it's not doing well right now by any stretch.
R22, what are the demographic ratings? That's all that matters.
They're bad R23. The 18-49 Rating Share, which helps determine commercial pricing, is down the toilet. They hit a 1.2 last night (with only 3.27 mill viewers) down from the previous series low of 1.4 Rating Share last week.
The New Normal has slipped steadily throughout the season. On October 9th they were at a 2.0; Go On had a 2.8 as the lead in, so the drop off is worrisome with such a nice lead-in.
To compare to other 30 min comedies: Modern Family regularly scores around a 4.7, How I Met Your Mother 3.7, 2 Broke Girls 3.9, Mike and Molly 3.3. New Normal is only saved by the fact that it's on the struggling NBC. Any other network would have canned it.
R24, NBC got a 1.3/3 for the entire network last week so a 1.2/3 is kinda average for the network.
And yes, we're talking 18-49.
But the trend line for 'The New Normal' is definitely down, which has to worry NBC.
Remember the days of an NBC thirty share?
If its renewed it will be because NBC has decided to create a big comedy block and needs to fill it up.
I would be surprised with a fall renewal, maybe Midseason at best.
No one has 30 shares anymore. Too many viewing options. 30 shares happened back in the days of three networks, a handful of independents, and no cable.
Part of the problem is that the show has no other storyline that needs to reach a conclusion other than the pregnancy. They introduced Nana trying to change and get a new life, then dropped it. Then they occasionally skirt the possibility of having Goldie have a romantic interest, before dropping that too.
It's become a 'problem of the week' sitcom. If you miss an ep, it's unlikely you'll need to catch up on it later to understand what's happening.
I disagree, R28. Thirty shares happened when America was being entertained by comedy legends like Steven Webber and Amy Yasbeck.
It would actually be better for Andrew Rannells if "The New Normal" gets cancelled because then he'd be able to return to "Girls." Smaller role but more highbrow and buzz worthy.
R31, has he already been written out of Season 2 of Girls?
R15: Oh, that. No article needed.
"Long-term story" is a term of art specific to TV writing. It means the story outline for a year, maybe longer, from which more detailed episode outlines, plot breakdowns and, eventually, scripts are written. It doesn't mean a story in the sense of a short story.