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Upfronts 2012: Watch previews of NBC's 'New Normal,' 'Guys With Kids'

May 14, 2012 | 12:52 pm

Dads are the focus of two new comedies on NBC this fall, announced at the 2012 upfronts: "The New Normal" and "Guys With Kids" NBC is doubling down on the dads in the fall. In addition to the renewed "Up All Night," with stay-at-home dad Will Arnett, there are new comedies "The New Normal" and "Guys With Kids."

"Glee" and "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy is behind "The New Normal," one of NBC's most anticipated new comedies.  The director-screenwriter co-created the series with "Glee" co-executive producer Ali Adler.

The series stars Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a gay couple looking to start a family; Georgia Kind plays the surrogate mother they recruit to help them.

Ellen Barkin also stars. The series is scheduled to air Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Charlie Grandy, former writer for "The Office," "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" is behind "Guys With Kids." A traditional multi-camera sitcom starring Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford and Zach Cregger, it looks at three thirtysomething guys who have babies but aren't quite adults themselves.

Sara Rue, Tempestt Bledsoe and Jamie-Lynn Sigler play the (presumably) more mature women.

Jimmy Fallon is an executive producer on this series, which is to air Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.


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Photo: Cast of "The New Normal." Credit: NBC