THE NEW NORMAL: Ali Adler and John Stamos Preview ‘Gaydar’
January 22, 2013 by Marisa Roffman
John Stamos makes his debut on THE NEW NORMAL in tonight’s brand new episode, he brings a whole new complication to the show — just how reliable is “gaydar”?
“[Tonight’s episode is] about the preconceived notions we have about how someone acts or looks gay, and that the new normal is we really don’t have any clue and neither do our gay people in the show have a fair clue,” THE NEW NORMAL executive producer Ali Adler told reporters during a winter press tour set visit. “We’re all just completely at a loss. Everyone is just who they are and that’s the exploration for next week.”
“Gaydar is about what — that gaydar doesn’t work anymore,” Adler added. “That however we set it to in the ’90s and the ’80s and whatever, it’s just not working anymore in this millennium. And we can go, ‘He’s a florist; he’s gay.’ Well, those notions are going to hang us ultimately, and I think that’s what we explore with John[‘s character] and [fellow guest star] Mark Consuelos as well.”
As for Stamos, the process of landing the role was fairly simple.
“[NEW NORMAL co-creator] Ryan [Murphy] had said, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re doing NEW NORMAL,” Stamos said of his former GLEE boss. “I said, ‘Great. When do I show up?’ And it’s been fantastic. I didn’t really know the show. I watched it a little bit. I’ve always been a huge fan of all the stuff that Ryan’s done. And when I got in here, I was amazed, like really get writing, really great acting. And obviously…how positive and important the show is, that’s why I decided to come on and do it…I think it was my second day I got to kiss Ellen Barkin (Jane)…and I thought I’d surprise her like — because I know Ryan and they like surprise things. So we’re kissing and I jam my tongue down her throat and she didn’t even flinch, nothing.”
THE NEW NORMAL airs Tuesdays at 9:30 PM on NBC.
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