E4 have been having great success with US sitcoms just recently, as acquisitions like The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, Suburgatory and Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 have all been drawing good ratings for the youth-targeted digital channel. Who needs those endless repeats of Friends, right?
Adding to their US-heavy line-up, E4 have just bought the UK rights to The New Normal—Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy's sitcom about a gay Beverly Hills couple (played by Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) that hire a surrogate mother (Georgia King) to bear them a child, who moves into their home with her eight-year-old daughter to escape her prejudiced mother (Ellen Barkin).
I really like the concept of this sitcom, which immediately brings a lot of comic possibilities to mind, and it also stars the excellent Georgia King—a very funny and talented British actress who's due a major breakthrough like this. I'm looking forward to this one. Check out NBC's trailer below:
The New Normal begins a 13-episode run on NBC this September, and will premiere on E4 in early-2013.