All season long, NBC's The New Normal has delicately tackled timely topics, both in and out of the gay sphere, without ever veering into cheese-tastic territory. A true accomplishment when you consider how many shows try, and fail, to produce a convincing "Very Special Episode."
Tonight, The New Normal addresses one of the most polarizing topics currently up for debate: The Boy Scouts banning of gay troop leaders. In the episode, titled About A Boy Scout, lifelong Scout supporter David has an unexpected experience upon re-entering the organization. To find out more, ETonline chatted with star Justin Bartha about his own Troop experience, the final New episodes of this season and what the future holds for The Sawyer-Collins family.
ETonline: First off, I have to commend you guys for always tacking timely issues without ever seeming preachy or getting cheesy.
Justin Bartha: That means a lot to me because we're trying really hard. This show is a passion project for so many people and, as you know, comedies on network television can have a hard time attraction attention. With a show like ours, when you have something that is seemingly attention grabbing, you don't want it to seem overbearing. We're just trying to do a quality show with relevant, non-trite storylines.