In the US: Tuesdays, 9.30/8.30c, NBC. Starts September 11 In the UK: Acquired by E4
Funny how if you'd stuck those two words together in the 90s, you'd have got gold, thanks to Friends, and how if you stick them together now, despite Community and 30 Rock, you get lead. Certainly the viewers seem to think so, judging from the ratings.
In fact, ABC is largely the network to watch if you want to see something that's actually funny, thanks to both Modern Family and Happy Endings. So what better network for NBC to emulate with a new comedy than ABC. Of course, being NBC, it's done it all wrong.
The New Normal is the unwanted answer to the pointless question: "What if we created a sitcom based around the gay couple in Modern Family and how they adopted their baby? Except if we made them even more stereotypically gay and less interesting, and added a bland surrogate mother based on Anna Faris' character in Friends?" Starring Justin Batha of The Hangover, Scottish actress Georgia King from Jane Eyre and The Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells, it pulls off the miracle of being both inoffensive and offensive, practically its sole redeeming feature apart from a slightly intelligent script being Ellen Barkin as King's bigoted grandmother.
In the UK: Saturday, 7.20pm, BBC1 In the US: Saturday, 9/8c, BBC America
Well, here we are again, happy as can be. Doctor Who is back. The Daleks are back. The Ponds are back (although not for long). Steven Moffat is back. Chris Chibnall is back.
But not till next week! Phew.
Murray Gold is back.
Oh. Well, there's no getting round that one.
Consolation prize: new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is here!
Hang on, wasn't she supposed to not be here yet? Oh well, bonus for everyone.
It's back, basically. Brace yourself for an action-packed first episode, with all the stops pulled out - Daleks firing, Doctors running. You know the form.
Except rather than an action-packed, all guns blazing intro, our Stevie decided to launch the all-new "that Doctor - he's not famous, he's dead and everyone knows it" series with a decidedly low-key, creepy, adult affair that hinges on soufflé. Yes it does.
Has it really been this long? Yes, we're now 12 issues - a whole year - into DC's nu52 reboot of its entire universe. The reboot has energised some titles, thrown the status quo into turmoil, ditched many much-loved characters, introduced a few not-so-loved ones and restored some to their original prides of place. Although thrown together perhaps a little too speedily, judging by some of the inconsistencies between the titles, the nu52 clearly at least had some kind of plan, a storyline designed to last a few years rather than just a few issues, which in his day and age of instant web gratification is something of a throwback.
The evidence for both this planning - and occasional lack thereof - and desire to change the status quo is on display in both Wonder Woman #12 and Justice League #12, officially released in what can only be described as 'Snog Wonder Woman while she's flying' month, judging by their covers. Wonder Woman #12 concludes the 'pregnant Zola' storyline with the inevitable - and then mixes it all up with more than a few surprises - before re-introducing an old new character (I'll explain later).
Meanwhile, Justice League reveals what in retrospect it's been hinting at throughout its run (even if no one over in Superman's own titles appeared to know about it) - if you've been wondering why Lois Lane has had bugger all to do in the nu52, it turns out she's superfluous to requirements. There's a new power couple in town…
And just for luck, let's look at the first proper Wonder Woman crossover of the nu52 - Batwoman #12, in which our wonderful Amazon princess makes the first of at least two guest appearances. No snogging on this cover, despite that Batwoman being a lesbian and everyone having their suspicions about those Amazons - something the nice people at DC seem intent on stamping out…
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.