TV Pilot News: NBC Greenlights Ryan Murphy Comedy THE NEW NORMAL Starring BOOK OF MORMON’s Andrew Rannells; McG to Direct and Produce GUILTY

     January 27, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to pilot season. Networks are busy greenlighting pilots left and right in order to boost their Fall 2012 schedules, and we’ve got news concerning two of the more high profile shows being developed. First up, Deadline reports that NBC has given a pilot order for The New Normal. The half-hour comedy was created by Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler and revolves around a blended family of a gay couple and a woman who becomes their surrogate. Book of Mormon breakout Andrew Rannells is set for one of the three leads in the single-camera half-hour comedy, while the other two roles have yet to be cast. Hit the jump for much more, including news concerning a pilot for McG.

ryan-murphy-image-2Murphy is becoming quite the multitasker as of late. He continues to run Fox’s Glee (now in its third season) and the smash hit FX anthology series American Horror Story (currently casting for a second season set to debut this fall). Murphy will direct and co-write the New Normal pilot with Adler, a writer on Glee, before going off to film his third feature film The Normal Heart this summer. The autobiographical drama chronicling the rise of HIV/AIDS in New York in the 1980s stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, and Alec Baldwin. Additionally, Murphy recently signed on to co-write a sci-fi/horror film for Sony. Seriously, how does this guy sleep?

In other pilot news, Deadline reports that Terminator: Salvation director McG has signed on to direct and produce the Fox drama pilot Guilty, from Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. The series “centers on a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been banned from handling and to exact revenge on the men who set him up.” McG previously directed the pilots for Fastlane and Chuck. Guilty will be filmed in New York and was written by Guggenheim.

Keep in mind that the pilot orders for these projects doesn’t guarantee that they’ll go to series, but given the talent involved it’s extremely likely that the networks will pick these two up for a fall debut. It’s not clear if Murphy will run The New Normal should it go to series or if he’ll hand it off to Adler. He shares the showrunner title with co-creator/executive producer Brad Falchuck on both Glee and American Horror Story. McG will maintain a producer credit on Guilty, but has no plans to run the series. The director’s most recent feature, the romantic action-spy comedy This Means War, opens this Valentine’s Day.