It's been almost a year since NBC unjustly canceled Ryan Murphy's gay-themed sitcom 'The New Normal' after only one season. But it seems the network is doing its best to try and fill the void it left behind by teaming up with Ellen DeGeneres for a lesbian-themed comedy pilot titled 'One Big Happy,' which was officially picked up by the Peacock network today.
As previously reported, the multicamera comedy will center around a lesbian and her straight male best friend who decide to have a baby together just as he meets and marries the love of his life. So yeah, suffice to say things are going to get a little bit complicated, but given DeGeneres' comedy track record, it's bound to be hilarious.
Openly gay '2 Broke Girls' writer Liz Feldman will pen the script and executive produce the show alongside DeGeneres, who publicly came out herself over 16 years ago.
There's no word yet on who will be cast in the main roles, but if Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally were available I would TOTALLY be up for a Jack-Karen reunion (of sorts). Too bad Hayes is already pretty busy these days with a gay-centric sitcom of his own in NBC's 'Sean Saves the World.' (Seriously though, good for him.)
Last season's cancellations wiped out a score of gay characters on broadcast television, including NBC's 'Smash,' which featured several LGBT characters; 'Go On,' also on NBC; the aforementioned 'The New Normal,' and ABC's 'Happy Endings.' (RIP) And while this pilot can't bring any of the other shows back, it's definitely a step in the right direction.