Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is going Hollywood. The outspoken over the top reality TV star is set to start on a new show called The New Normal. The sitcom is about two guys (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) who are life partners and their search for a surrogate mother to help them start a family.
This will be Leakes third foray into prime time. She first landed on Celebrity Apprentice in 2010, and then moved on to a recurring role in the Fox series Glee. All that set the stage for her new role as Rocky, the sassy secretary on the NBC network.
The New Normal was created by Ryan Murphy, who is also the creator of Glee. Murphy liked Leakes so much, that he cast her in his new show.
According to The Insider, NeNe says: [Ryan Murphy] had an obsession with me. Ryan said to me that I was his guilty pleasure and he’d been watching Real Housewives…and he would watch it on Sunday and would make his bed and drink his coffee and watch me and would go, “Who is this person?”
Leakes and the show have been the target of criticism from the conservative activist group, One Million Moms, which is calling for a boycott of the NBC comedy. The group says the show does not promote family values or respect the sanctity of marriage.
Murphy still maintains a positive attitude towards the show encouraging the One Million Moms’ protest to watch the show through a statement: “Every person and group has a right to protest something. I find it to be interesting that they would take a position before they’ve seen it.”
You can read more on The New Normal and the controversy surrounding it from eonline.com.
The New Normal premieres on NBC September 11 at 9:30p/8:30 central.
Check out the trailer below.