Despite the fact that he clearly supports President Barack Obama and the Democrats, The New Normal creator Ryan Murphy is aiming to be fair and balanced with tonight's episode.
Entitled "Obama's Mama," the episode will attempt to depict a right-wing Republican point of view, as seen through the eyes of Ellen Barkin's character. The 58-year-old veteran actress plays June, the conservative grandmother of a surrogate carrying a baby for a gay couple, and she has no qualms about speaking her mind, whether it's politically correct or not.
A homosexual himself, Murphy noted during a conference call, "You have two gay, clearly liberal guys at the heart of the show. We all collectively thought it would be great to do an episode where you presented Ellen's point of view, the conservative point of view, the Republican point of view that hopefully was eloquent and was given equal time."
Also known for creating the television series Glee, Nip/Tuck, and American Horror Story, the writer/director/producer claims that he didn't want to make an overwhelming pro-Obama episode, although he hosted a fundraiser for the President at $40,000 per couple in June. Emulating Norman Lear's approach on his classic sitcom All In The Family, Murphy wants to offer differing political viewpoints from his own and raise hot-button issues, such as racism and abortion. He also teased that The New Normal's Halloween episode will somehow pay homage to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
"Obama's Mama" will air tonight at 9:30pm Eastern on NBC.
While my personal feeling is that Ryan Murphy shouldn't even be mentioned in the same news article as Norman Lear, it is admirable if he is sincere in his desire to produce a "brave, honest examination of the world." Do you think he can do it?