Glad this talented guy is getting a shot, but to me Ryan Murphy is a dreadful producer. His shows always tank creatively early on. At least this will get plenty of promotion and coverage.
This is the dictionary definition of a waste of perfectly good talent.
Murphy’s shows always come out of the gate like gangbusters, so I’m sure the pilot and first few episodes will be solid. But his shows also go to pot right away; you can set your watch by it. I’d prefer he focus on “Glee” but it seems he’s already moved on at this point.
Exceedingly excited for Murphy’s shows and definitely gonna share reviews regarding the episode.
And now comes word that the entire lead cast of Book of Mormon has extended their contracts for another year, to February 2013. So I don’t know if that means the TV series won’t go until fall of 2013 or if Rannells has an out clause if the pilot gets picked up.
I’m sure these people all got tremendous raises to re-sign.
I guess between “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” plus directing a movie, that Murphy has enough on his plate. Signing Rannells could have just been a move to lock him up when he finally leaves “Book of Mormon.”
From Variety.com today. Rannells could easily take a week off from “Mormon” to shoot the pilot. But I don’t see how he could do a regular series, even if it shoots in New York, given he’s contracted to “Mormon” for another year.
“NBC has ordered a comedy pilot from Ryan Murphy and 20th Century Fox Television. The ‘Glee’ creator and two other executive producers from the Fox series, Dante Di Loreto and Allison Adler, are behind ‘The New Normal,’ a single-camera family comedy centering on a gay couple and the woman who becomes their surrogate. The ‘Normal’ pickup wasn’t entirely unexpected given there was a significant penalty attached to the put pilot. Already attached in one the lead roles is Andrew Rannells (‘The Book of Mormon’). ‘Normal’ represents a few firsts for Murphy’s growing TV empire, which also includes FX drama ‘American Horror Story.’ The pilot is his first half-hour project and he’s never landed a project at NBC before.”
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