NBC picks up Ryan Murphy’s ‘New Normal’ and J.J. Abrams’ ‘Revolution’


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NBC has ordered the J.J. Abrams’ drama ‘Revolution’ and the Ryan Murphy comedy ‘The New Normal’ for its fall lineup, the network confirmed.

‘Revolution,’ produced by Abrams and written by ‘Supernatural’ creator Eric Kripke, has been described as an action drama about people attempting to survive in a world where all forms of energy have suddenly ceased to exist. The pilot was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Billy Burke (from the ‘Twilight’ films), Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Tracy Spiradakos, Graham Rogers and Tim Guinee.


This means Abrams will have three series — ‘Fringe,’ ‘Person of Interest’ and now ‘Revolution’ — airing on three networks (Fox, CBS and NBC) at the same time. Despite low ratings, ‘Fringe’ was recently renewed for a 13-episode fifth and final season.

Murphy’s comedy ‘The New Normal’ involves a gay couple, played by Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha, and the woman who will serve as the surrogate mother for their children, played by Georgia King. The pilot was written by Murphy and ‘Glee’ writer Ali Adler.

Like Abrams, this will make Murphy’s third series on a third network, with his other shows ‘Glee’ on Fox and ‘American Horror Story’ on FX. While ‘Horror Story’ has attracted more buzz heading into its second season, ‘Glee’ has struggled with sinking ratings in its third season.


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