We hate to say it, but things do not look good for Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) on Glee this season. Kurt is going to move away to New York City. Blaine will struggle to adjust to his new life in Ohio without Kurt. They will fight. They will argue. They might even break up.
Look, we’re glad that Kurt’s headed to NYC to chase after his dreams. We’re happy that Blaine is back and still getting as many solos as ever. But we’re not at all happy about the direction their relationship seems to be headed!
But all is not lost! While our hearts will soon begin to long for the happy, adorable Klaine we once knew — we just may have found the solution(s) to all our Glee Season 4-induced woes. Their names are Bryan and David. And we just might be totally in love with them both.
You see, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has a brand-new sitcom on NBC called The New Normal, and Bryan and David are the show’s two leading men.
Bryan, played by Book of Mormon’s Andrew Rannells, is excitable, fashion-loving, and peppy. (Like Kurt Hummel, just 10 years older.) David, portrayed by The Hangover’s Justin Bartha, is dog-loving, notably more masculine doctor who’d much rather spend his free time watching football than browsing the aisles at Barney’s. (In other words, he’s Blaine.)
We kid you not: These two are basically the adult versions of Kurt and Blaine. Whether they are cuddling together on the couch or working to co-parent their puppy, the end result is the most adorable thing since the introduction of Klaine.
Bonus? There’s no lack of PDA on The New Normal. There’s only been one episode thus far, and Bryan and David have already kissed. It took Kurt and Blaine ten full episodes to lock lips, and it’s barely happened since. Plus, during Bryan and David’s final bedtime scene, we could have sworn we were watching Kurt and Blaine cuddle during Glee’s “The First Time.” All they needed to do was rub noses, and it would have been perfect.
Even without the striking Kurt and Blaine resemblance, there are still plenty of other reasons Glee fans will get a kick out of The New Normal. First of all, NeNe Leakes (Roz Washington) is in it. And the Real Housewife-turned-brassy-Glee-swim coach is spouting just as many ridiculous one-liners as ever.
In addition to being created by Ryan Murphy, The New Normal is also the brainchild of Glee writer Ali Adler. Glee executive producer Dante Di Loreto is an exec for this show, too. Then there’s Glee writer Michael Hitchcock, who also played rival glee club coach Dalton Rumba back in Season 1. He doesn’t write for The New Normal, but he does play the quirky, bow tie-wearing Gary from Expanding Families, who connects Bryan and David with the surrogate mother for their unborn child.
Occasional Glee guest star Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly Holliday), even makes a quick cameo as Abby, the donor mother whose eggs will be used in the conception of little David, Jr.
Much of the dialogue is easily recognizable as something you might hear on Glee, and the jokes often carry that same snarky wit. But for a diehard Klaine fan longing for the happy “Box” scene days of yore, there’s really only one reason to watch.
The New Normal is basically a whole show centered around grown up versions of Klaine. But with zero teenage angst, and without all that long-distance relationship drama. Just a cute, committed same-sex couple hoping to raise a child together.
Even if it means getting baby puke on Bryan’s Hermes scarfs. Heaven forbid.
The New Normal premieres Tuesday, September 11 at 9:30om on NBC, but the full pilot is available to watch early right now on Hulu.
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