E4 Picks Up ‘Glee’ Creator’s New Sitcom ‘The New Normal’

E4 has announced that they have acquired the US sitcom The New Normal, the latest show from Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee, American Horror Story, and Nip/Tuck.

Starring Justin Batha (The Hangover) and Andrew Rannells as a gay couple that decide they need a baby, and Georgia King as the Midwestern waitress who will become the surrogate mother, it’s described as “Pacey, warm and inventive” by Gil Hay, Channel 4’s head of acquisitions.

Twentieth Century Fox’s Managing Director of Television Distribution Steve Cornish said; “The New Normal is a unique and hilarious comedy which is a perfect fit for the E4 audience.”

This isn’t a view shared by the pressure group One Million Moms, who have lashed out at the show, who said in a statement;

“This show is about a homosexual couple who hires a surrogate to have their baby… It is no surprise that openly gay Ryan Murphy, is one of the executive producers and director… NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”

We’re not saying One Million Moms are homophobic, but their parent orginsation American Family Association describes themselves as a “Christian organization promoting the Biblical ethic of decency in American society with primary emphasis on TV and other media.” Make of that what you will…

Creator Ryan Murphy has already responded to the criticism, noting that one of the character is a member of One Million Moms, and that; “If they watched the show – I actually think they would love it. Because for the first time, they’re represented.”

The family comedy is scheduled to air in the US on September 11th (Conservative Christians are just gonna love that…) – it’s not yet known when E4 will show it. It’s the latest in the round of Friends replacements, following on from the success of Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl.