Rannells and Bartha
New Normal, Happy Endings Canceled

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on Advocate.com May 10 2013 9:31 PM ET

NBC has canceled the gay-themed The New Normal, and ABC has pulled the plug on Happy Endings, which has a prominent gay character, although another network may pick up the latter.

The New Normal, created by Glee’s Ryan Murphy and starring Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a gay couple seeking to become parents with a surrogate mother, had just modest ratings in its one season. NBC announced the cancellation today; the network’s only returning sitcoms will be the popular Parks & Recreation and the cult favorite Community, Deadline Hollywood reports.

On Happy Endings, an ensemble comedy about a group of Chicago friends, the nonstereotypical gay character Max, played by Adam Pally, became a breakout favorite. ABC today announced that the show, which has been on for three seasons, will not be renewed. The USA Network, however, has expressed interest in it and likely will begin serious negotiations about picking it up now that the cancellation is official, according to Deadline Hollywood.