Ellen Barkin Booted From
Ellen Barkin Booted From "New Normal"
According to the 3-18-13 issue of the National Enquirer, Ellen Barkin was given the boot from The New Normal for throwing tantrums & her Diva like behavior. They are sending Her character away to seek treatment for a drinking problem, where she will remain forever. I hope they recast the role at some point
Are you sure it wasn't because the character was so unlikeable?
She's obnoxious as hell.
[quote]Ellen Barkin Booted From Ellen Barkin Booted From "New Normal"New Normal
OP = Gertrude Stein
it will be cancelled anyway
I wonder how much she received in her divorce settlement from Ron Perelman.
I wonder if this means they are going to try and save the show (at the network level) by retooling it. There was no place to go with Barkin's character, whether Barkin was pleasant to deal with or not; once they had softened her unpleasantness (which they've been doing) she was just an appendage of no interest, and the unpleasantness wasn't working, it was neither funny nor believable in a comic sense (a rich couple in LA would kick her out period, there was nothing inevitable about her presence -- if they had had to put up with her some humor might have come from that).
I think they should get rid of that kid, who I personally can't stand but whose grating character is from never never land, also neither funny nor comic-believable.
Don't be mean, Enquirer. We don't have to be mean.
And when they tried to make her a love interest for John Stamos . . . well, that was the funniest part of the series,
Is she drowning her sorrows in Vat 49?
The entire cast (plus Ryan and the other show creator) recently gathered for a panel discussion. It was hosted by Stamos. Barkin didn't participate though NeNe did.
Barkin was the big name on the show. Not good when they're retooling so soon.
Diva antics aside, she's a brilliant actress who deserves better than doing one note roles.
That must have been a real brain trust, r13.
Interesting. I was at the Paleyfest for "The New Normal" this week and all the cast was there except Barkin. John Stamos was the moderator and creators Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler were onstage with the cast. No one mentioned Barkin until an audience member brought her up. Murphy said she had a long-standing previous engagement and sent her regrets. I thought it was very odd.
BTW, the actress who plays Goldie is British. I had no idea.
Oh and those Paleyfest events should be available to watch on Hulu or Huluplus (not sure how it works.)
OP = stutterer.
So you could say the new normal is no Ellen Barkin?
OP's thread title gives me a headache.
DID YOU READ THE LINK?!!! THE REPORT ISN'T TRUE.
Oh, R21/Ellen, relax. Have another vodka.
Sounds like this is becoming a repeated desperation move for NBC: try to stir up interest for a failing show by changing one element and hoping it will bamboozle lost viewers into coming back. (See Up All Night's attempted switch to a multi-camera comedy.)
Too bad it's not true. The show might become watchable.
TNN is simply an atrocious show on every level. Ditching Barkin's character won't save it. Nothing will.
The show will be cancelled regardless.
Tell me you're kidding. You have got to be kidding!
Barkin is a cunt. Ask anyone who was involved with THE NORMAL HEART.
I've never heard anyone say anything nice about EB. She sounds like she's a real nightmare.
Well, Barkin's publicist denied it, but that's not the same as the show or the network denying it. Honestly, her character had to be forced in half the time, so she won't really be missed if she's gone. And she's also easily replaceable. We've still yet to meet Goldie's parents, for instance.
Based on the thread title I though DL had now labeled "the new normal" ,"The Ellen Barkin Program"
TVBytheNumbers cites it as "certain for cancellation" so I doubt they're drawing up contingency plans for replacing the character. Production has probably finished for the show anyway.
[quote]TNN is simply an atrocious show on every level.
What shows do you like?
Also, TNN has been hitting it's demographic, thus it won't be cancelled. Advertisers only care about demographic ratings.
My former college roommate is a writer on the show and has said that from even before the cameras started rolling Barkin was a screaming cunt for everyone to work with.
And why do we care?
Um, TNN has been getting a 0.9 in 18-49, which is train-wreck territory for a Big 4 Network weeknight sitcom. You clearly know nothing about show business, so stop pretending like you do.
I like Andrew Rannells but I prefer him on Girls.
While we're spreading wild un-sourced, unproven rumors, Joohn waters is dead dead.
(No, he's not, you stupid cuntz).
I thought she was the only reason to watch. I've loved her plastic comeback since that Oceans 14 crap.
This show annoys me cause as if the Justin Bartha character would go for that generica gay.
me too r36....he does nice ass work on Girls...plus he was so terrific in Mormon
Here's an article from 20 years ago about Barkin being difficult:
I like the show, and the cast. I just wish they would stick with the funny and not try for a message every week.
Sounds like National Enquirer saw she wasn't at PaleyFest and rushed to come up with a Scandal.
Great article, R40.
This Bitch be crazeee!
Linnethia Monique Johnson Leakes
I like the show, and I like her in it. I've liked her since The Big Easy, really.
The New Normal should be booted from The New Normal What a godawful thing that show is.
[quote] 3-18-13 issue of the National Enquirer
As if that's a credible source?
what did Pacino think of her?
[quote]My former college roommate is a writer on the show and has said that from even before the cameras started rolling Barkin was a screaming cunt for everyone to work with.
Did he say if her and NeNe ever fought?
[quote]Did he say if her and NeNe ever fought?
R50 Fuck off.
It most certainly is NOT, r47!
She didnt get as much from Perelman as people might think. She got to keep all of her jewelry though, she auctioned most of it off and made millions. Some of the pieces were extraordinary.
It must have driven her crazy to be a so-called respected actress and then have Nee Nee of all people steal every scene.
She IS a respected actress R54. The role she's playing is stupid and so beneath her. She's doing what Judy Davis does with shit roles, play them for the trifle they really are.
Nene is playing a black ghetto stereotype, which is a flashier role. But it's still a stereotype. And it's insulting. I don't know why the white gays are fascinated with that woman.
She's been erratic for a while now even her Tony winning performance in The Normal Heart was all over the map...great some days and other days she barely seemed to know who and where she was
Well Ellen Barkin Ellen Barkin (as the OP would say) is no comedian so when she says those homophobic things on the show she's just mean not funny. And sometimes it's hard to look at her surgically enhanced face. They should have hired a comedian. I like the show but it needs an infusion of funny. Replace her with someone who's knows how to deliver jokes.
Even Reba hired comedian Lily Tomlin as her funny sidekick mom.
Of course all of this doesn't matter as the show's probably slated for cancellation.
I don't think it'll be canceled. I think due to Murphy's other stellar shows (AHS, and yes Glee (it is still a ratings winner)), NBC will give it another shot.
I think Barkin is fine, but much like Sue Sylvester, despite the good acting, the writers have RUINED the character. Just. Not. Likable.
Force Leakes to go to acting school, focus on the laughs and not so much the message, and you have a hit show folks.
[quote]Force Leakes to go to acting school, focus on the laughs and not so much the message, and you have a hit show folks.
The ratings are abysmal. And Glee is down to a 2.4 with 6 million viewers hardly a ratings winner considering how much it costs to make.
New Normal is definitely gone. It's the lowest rated show Tuesday night. Only one CW show is lower. It does not get a second season.
The results--with pictures of each lot--from Barkin's jewelry auction at Christie's. She netted about $20 million. As R53 noted, there were some wonderful pieces in the sale.
How do NBC and the CW stay in business? Do you think we'll see a major network go off the air soon?
NBC is seriously, seriously fucked.
Just this morning saw a very young Barkin in Tender Mercies. She was terrific in a sweet, heartbreaking way, kinda like Debra Winger used to be.
I had forgotten what a great movie that is. Makes me sad seeing Robert Duvall acting so awesome and shit, knowing now what an asshole he is.
R62 I don't understand why anyone with that kind of money would want to buy used jewelry from a C-list celebrity. If I was rich, I'd either want new jewelry or jewelry from once owned by really important people.
NBC is counting on the return of THE VOICE to boost its ratings, just as it has every other time it has run. Last year, SMASH followed THE VOICE and that's why it did well and got a second season.
This year, THE VOICE will be followed by THE NEW NORMAL in an attempt to goose those ratings and hopefully get TNN a second season.
Watch this space for further updates.
As much as I love "Modern Family," I never have once bought Mitch and Cam as a couple. Unlike Phil and Claire and even Jay and Gloria, I do not look at them and imagine they have sex EVER. Just don't buy it for one second and never will.
With all due respect to JTF and ES, how wonderful would it have been had Andrew and Justin played Mitch and Cam instead? I just think it would've brought the picture of three sexually-active married couples in one family into much clearer focus. And given that TNN is nowhere near as funny as "Modern Family," what an upgrade it would've been for them as actors, too.
[quote]I don't think it'll be canceled. I think due to Murphy's other stellar shows (AHS, and yes Glee (it is still a ratings winner)), NBC will give it another shot.
You think it will be renewed because of the ratings of another show on another network?
Talking to people who know nothing about show business is like talking to the people at a nursing home.
[quote] The ratings are abysmal. And Glee is down to a 2.4 with 6 million viewers hardly a ratings winner considering how much it costs to make.
Glee probably makes a lot more money being sold internationally. That, and itunes sales, concert tours, merchandise and all the rest.
I like The New Normal, but the problem I have with it is that, other than the pregnancy, there's no other big plotline that feels like it's working toward something. They hinted at Goldie having a relationship with Rocky's brother, and the problems that would bring up, but then quickly dropped it. The show is effectively devoid of conflict that lasts longer than one episode.
Ellen is the only funny thing about that show!!
Are you saying... it's a comedy?
From the article at R40, she does seem to have a mind of her own and is not afraid to show it. I guess that's enough to make her a "screaming cunt" to some insecure men, who can't handle women being anything but compliant and indulgent of the male ego.
Are there any more substantial proof of her allegedly being "difficult?"
Ellen really embarassed herself a few months back when she and NeNe appeared on WWHL.
Andy showed a pic of Kim Zolciak and Ellen started screaming "WIG!" at her. It was mortifying.
Does Diane Keaton want to buy back, and preserve, my beautiful Beverly Hills hacienda mansion ? Things aren't going so well.
R73, you screaming cunt, in answer to your idiot twat demand for "substantial proof of her allegedly being 'difficult?'"
How about her being fired, you cunt?