NBC’s new Matthew Perry comedy series Go On and returning drama Grimm, already earmarked for an early launch immediately following the network coverage of the London Olympics, may be joined by two other new comedies, the Anne Heche starrer Save Me and the Ryan Murphy/Ali Adler blended family half-hour The New Normal. The August series launches are part of NBC’s strategy to take advantage of the monster promotional platform the Olympics provide.
NBC brass have been high on Save Me since it was delivered a month ago and The New Normal has been a favorite from the get-go. Save Me, from writer John Scott Shepherd, Sony Pictures TV and Neal Moritz’s studio-based Original Films, centers on Beth Harper (Heche) who, after an accident, starts to believe she is channeling God. While the project has not received a series pickup yet, informal staffing efforts are underway so it could go into production early if needed. The 20th TV-produced New Normal, also not formally greenlighted yet, has been given permission to begin staffing. The New Normal, co-written by Murphy and Adler and directed by Murphy, is described as a heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple, Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), and a cash-strapped waitress and mother of one Goldie (Georgia King), who becomes a surrogate to help them have a child. Co-starring in the project is Ellen Barkin as Goldie’s glamorous/bigoted grandmother.