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'New Normal' to Add Lesbian Couple, Explore 'Sing' World

Executive producer Ali Adler says the NBC comedy will explore the fictional world of the show within the show based on showrunner Ryan Murphy's "Glee" and are discussing bringing in familiar faces from his vault of characters.

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Two episodes in and NBC's The New Normal will continue to represent all types of families including lesbians, executive producer Ali Adler says.

During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, the co-creator of the freshman comedy confirmed that a lesbian couple would join the series about a gay pair (Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha) who turn to a surrogate (Georgia King) for help growing their family.

"We're trying represent all different kinds of families, parents and friends and certainly that is an area we would explore," she told THR, noting that the roles are currently being cast. "We hope to see them soon as an ongoing part of the show."

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One member of the pair will come in as the business manager for Bryan (Rannells) and David (Bartha). "They're friends and also have a working relationship but we'll see them coming up down the line," says the openly gay Adler.

Subsequent episodes will also see Bryan's fictional world of Sing explored -- the character is loosely based on New Normal co-creator Ryan Murphy with the show within the show described as an Ohio-set musical on par with Glee.

"It's our great privilege to tap into Bryan Collins' fictional world of Sing and we'll be seeing bursts of that," Adler told THR. "We touch on his Hollywood life and Hollywood friendships as well as going to set and we hope to explore that further down the line."

While the series has already seen Glee Emmy winner Gwyneth Paltrow cameo in the pilot, Adler said producers are discussing bringing in other familiar faces from Murphy's vault of characters past and present.

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In the meantime, expect to see more of Ellen Barkin's outspoken (and racist, homophobic) Nana Jane with Adler vowing to reveal a different side of the character at some point similar to the ways in which Glee revealed Sue Sylvester's (Jane Lynch) soft spit with her sister.

"Not this week but next, you see an amazing side of Jane, but she'll never become that cuddly Nana," Adler said. "We're never going to do an about face; she has a façade that is so strong because she had to survive in this world. We'll see a different attitude from her shortly."

The New Normal airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Hit the comments with your thoughts on who you'd like to see play the lesbian couple. (We're looking at you, Erin Foley and Nicol Paone.)

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