NBC Cancels The New Normal After One Measly Season

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Part of Ryan Murphy’s television triumvirate has suffered a major blow with news that NBC will be cancelling The New Normal. That’s not really too shocking, given the fact that a) The New Normal’s Bryan Collins was kind of a meaner, more ill-tempered version of Kurt Hummel who grows up to realize that he’s not quite good enough to be a Broadway sensation and instead has to shack up with the tech-geek sidekick from National Treasure, and b) nobody was really tuning in anymore.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, The New Normal had aired after The Voice as part of NBC’s Tuesday night comedy block. Boosted by The Voice, Normal scored high-enough ratings to merit a full season order. However, once The Voice punctured Normal’s seasonal lifejacket, the sitcom floundered.

Don’t worry about Ryan Murphy’s TV empire, though. You’ll be getting plenty more pre-disillusionment Kurt Hummel for the next two years. Fox has bequeathed Glee a two-season renewal, and FX has ordered a third creepy New Orleans season for American Horror Story. And that’s not the only good TV news — NBC is bringing Community back for a 13-episode fifth season that maybe, might, perhaps include erstwhile showrunner Dan Harmon.

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Also, there will be more Scandal because Olivia Pope said so.

[THR, EW, Deadline]

Image via AP, Trae Patton

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Did anyone watch Ryan Murphy's Popular in 1999? It was like Glee, except really really good. I've been rewatching it recently and remembering just how good it was. I will never really get over the fact that it was cancelled on a cliffhanger.