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Was I right? Six new TV series reassessed
The New Normal
The first episode of Ryan Murphy’s “The New Normal,” about David and Bryan, a gay couple having a baby, was shrill to the point of uncomfortable, out there to the point of mean-spiritedness in great part due to Ellen Barkin's unbridled racist, homophobic character. It has since mellowed just enough. And David and Bryan are affectionate and romantic (ahem, “Modern Family), while retaining a dash of the Ryan Murphy crazies. In a recent episode Bryan became obsessed with throwing a pretend wedding for a little girl that ultimately resulted in David’s very heartfelt proposal to him: Out of campy insanity comes a big awww.