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Should NBC Keep The New Normal?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

The New Normal ended its freshman season with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday night. As expected, it signed off with David Sawyer (Justin Bartha) and Bryan Collins (Andrew Rannells) getting married and the birth of their child. Love the name they chose for their son- Sawyer Collins. It’s a combination of both their last names. They came up with it while dancing to Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You.” I literally was grinning from ear to ear watching that scene. I embedded it and the adorable hospital delivery scene below just in case you missed it. You simply have to watch it.

The season finale perfectly illustrated what I loved about the show- pop culture references, lots of heart and a tinge of a message. Sadly though, the episode felt more like a series finale than a season one. With The Voice as a lead-in, the show averaged just under 5.0 million. When the singing competition was on hiatus, it dropped to about 2.86 million. With those kind of numbers, it’s certainly to be canceled. On NBC, it has a slight shot though, albeit very small. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Like most shows, it was either hit or miss. When it was ON though, I enjoyed it tremendously. I know I’m probably not alone out there. I thought it was the perfect time to ask our readers what their thoughts were on The New Normal. Love it or hate it, I want to hear your opinion and why.

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What’s Your Favorite Ryan Murphy Show?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Earlier this week the Paley Center for Media bestowed its inaugural PaleyFest Icon Award to Ryan Murphy. Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell called Murphy a “ground-breaker” and “change-maker” for his career achievements. I couldn’t agree more. Murphy has created some of my favorite shows over the years, including his debut effort Popular on the now defunct The WB. He certainly has a knack for producing watercooler television programs.

The evening kicked off with an introduction by one of Murphy’s idols- prolific writer and producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times). Following that, a Q&A took place where Ryan discussed his early career and spoilers for his current show. On hand to honor the 47-year-old were actors from all his television shows. It was nice to see cast reunions for Nip/Tuck and Popular. Even though, Ryan has dabbled in film (Eat Pray Love) I thought I’d limit my poll to only his television credits. For me, I love all of them but curious to know what readers feel his best work is. Sound off below.

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Man Crush: Peter Porte

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!

If you caught The New Normal this week, you saw Goldie (Georgia King) fantasize about Shania’s hot assistant principal. She pictured him shedding his clothes and doing his best Magic Mike impersonation. If you were wondering who that tasty piece of man meat is, his name is Peter Porte. Naturally, I chose the 27-year-old as this week’s Man Crush. Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for a ripped bod and stripper moves 😉

Porte was born in Greenwood Lake, New York and graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2006 with a degree in Drama and Journalism. After traveling from a touring production of Mamma Mia, he attended graduate school at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles and immediately booked a gig on Medium. Soon after, he booked other guest starring spots including CSI Miami, Cold Case & Parks and Recreation. Recently, he appeared as Ricky Williams on the long-running soap, The Young & The Restless. Check out photos of this model/actor below. More importantly, watch his stripper moves from The New Normal in the embedded video. Enjoy.

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The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) has bestowed their top prize to Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage movie Argo. The LGBT group honored the best in cinema and television at their annual Dorian Awards.

Oscar frontrunners Daniel Day Lewis and Anne Hathaway continued to rack up more statues this awards season. They won Best Film Performance by an actor and actress in Lincoln and Les Miserables respectively. In addition to typical categories such as Best Actor & Best Actress, the Dorian Awards have unique honors such as Campy Flick of the Year (Magic Mike & The Paperboy) and Unsung Film of the Year (Bernie).

On the television front, Homeland and Girls were the big winners. The cable shows earned Best Drama and Best Comedy honors respectively. Speaking of comedy, the widely mocked Liz & Dick also picked up an award- Campy TV Show of the Year. LOL. Other noteworthy winners include Jennifer Hudson for her moving tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammys and Don’t Trust The B—- in Apt. 23 for TV Title of the Year. Check out all the other winners below.

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Who’s Leaving HBO’s Girls?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

The cast of Girls were on hand to celebrate the second season premiere at the NYU Skirball Center in New York City on Wednesday, January 9. All the ladies looked stunning on the red carpet. Doesn’t the group photo above remind you of Sex and the City back in the day?

With just a few days before HBO airs the first episode of the sophomore season, comes word that someone is leaving the cast. Don’t panic, it’s NOT Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet or Jemima Kirke. PHEW. That said, I’m a little bummed out that this person is leaving the HBO comedy. Find out who’s jumping ship below.

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Did you watch last night’s episode of The New Normal? If you did, you definitely missed out. Not only was it one of the better ones of the season, but it also featured Matt Bomer shirtless, sweaty and looking pretty damn fine. If you’ve dismissed the comedy purely on the premise, or your dislike for Ryan Murphy or being disappointed after sampling the pilot episode, I highly encourage you to give it a second try. Catch up on old episodes on NBC and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with it.

Bomer guest starred as Bryan’s (Andrew Rannelis) hot ex-boyfriend Monty. We see glimpses of Monty in flashback and present day. Whether he was shown in a sharp suit, roller blading or doing crunches upside down, Bomer was a sight to behold. Everyone on the show was fawning over him including Bryan’s surrogate. Speaking of which… check out a clip from the show below where the boys confront Monty for trying to steal their surrogate away.

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Here’s a perfect example of life imitating art. If you’re watching The New Normal you know that the show’s gay couple played by Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannelis are expecting a child via a surrogate. The NBC sitcom is loosely based on Ryan Murphy’s life as a Hollywood director. On the comedy, there’s even a show within a show titled Sing! featuring a Lea Michele-like character from Glee. As of this week, there’s another similarity between the show and Murphy’s personal life. He and his husband David Miller welcomed a baby boy on Christmas Eve.

The couple announced their holiday bundle of joy to friends and family via email. Reportedly, a photo of their newborn son was attached. No doubt Miller who’s a photographer probably snapped the pic of the baby lying inside a Christmas stocking. So cute. I hope this photo makes its way online soon. Find out the baby’s name below.

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The New Normal Books Two More Studs For Guest Spots

In: Donovan, TV Shows

You gotta hand it to Ryan Murphy. When he scores an actor for a guest spot, you know he’s going to be fiiiiine. And he certainly doesn’t disappoint with this double booking. Matt Bomer was recently announced he was popping up on the NBC sitcom as Bryan’s (Andrew Rannelis) hot ex-boyfriend. And now we have this tasty two course meal. If Ryan keeps this up, I’ll be plenty full due to all the delicious eye candy.

Entertainment Weekly broke the news that these two actors will appear when The New Normal returns from its winter finale in 2013. Titled “Gaydar“, both guys will be the under the glare of the homosexual spotlight. One will play a grip on Sing (the Glee-like show) with whom Rocky (NeNe Leakes) develops a crush on.

The other will share scenes with Jane (Ellen Barkin) as her co-worker. The conservative grandma will question his sexuality, as she often does. If you’re regular viewer of Murphy’s shows, you’ll definitely recognize these two. One appeared on Glee and the other on American Horror Story: Asylum. Find out who below.

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