NBC was the first broadcast network to release its 2012 fall season lineup, and there’s gay stuff old and new on it.
The gayest addition is probably Ryan Murphy’s new half-hour one-camera sitcom The New Normal, about a gay couple (Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells of B’way’s Book of Mormon), who hire a woman to be the surrogate for their child. (Watch the clip after the jump — looks pretty funny.) Rannells was in Dallas a few years ago in the world premiere of Lysistrata Jones (then called Give It Up) at DTC.
Rannells’ Mormon co-star, Josh Gad, also has a new series, 1600 Penn, about the wastrel son of the president of the U.S., which will come as a mid-season replacement. Also at mid-season: the comedy Next Caller looks to have a gay appeal, except that it stars the insufferable Dane Cook; and the hasbian Anne Heche returns in Save Me, about a woman who talks to God (the most normal subject Heche has had imaginary conversations with). The drama Chicago Fire has plenty of beefcake to meet the eye candy quotient. The show that looks most interesting, aside from Normal, is Revolution, from J.J. Abrams. Also, the man-heavy comedy Guys with Kids looks terrible.
Returning shows include the gay-friend series 30 Rock, The Office, Parks & Recreation and Fashion Star; super-gay Smash will also be back, but not til mid-season; canceled series include Are You There, Chelsea? and Awake.
Fox also released its schedule, which contains only three new shows. Wednesday and Sunday remain essentially unchanged (X Factor in the fall, Idol in the spring on Wednesday), meaning the queerish Sunday “animation domination” lineup remains intact. But uber-gay Glee is moving to Thursdays following the results shows. Mob Doctor is the med drama replacement for House; The Mindy Project (with Mindy Kaling) and Ben and Kate are two new sitcoms.