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Andrew Rannells On 'The New Normal' Backlash, One Million Moms

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For a show that hasn't premiered yet, NBC's "The New Normal" has seen its fair share of backlash.

From a Utah NBC affiliate refusing to air the show because of its subject matter to the anti-gay organization One Million Moms boycotting the series, the Ryan Murphy comedy is making headlines and causing controversy.

According to the show's star Andrew Rannells, it's more than a little ridiculous.

"The silly part is that no one has seen it," Rannells told PrideSource. "So what that boycott is based on is a two-line description of what they read this show was about and, just based on that alone, they're upset. That's disappointing because ultimately, what the show is about is how much love it takes to start a family -- and not just our family."

Murphy echoed Rannells' sentiments. "I always find it to be interesting for people to make that decision before they've even seen it," he said at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in July. "The show is about tolerance -- it's a discussion of tolerance. Actually, if they watched it, I think they would like it."

"The New Normal" centers on Bryan (Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), an LA couple hoping to have a baby via a surrogate named Goldie (Georgia King).

Ellen Barkin, who portrays Goldie's mother Jane, took to twitter to express her outrage over the Salt Lake City station's refusal to air the comedy.

Ellen Barkin
Shame on u not airing So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?

For more on "The New Normal," head over to PrideSource
and find out what all the fuss is about when the "The New Normal" premieres on Tues., Sept. 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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