“New Normal” Star Justin Bartha: “I Hope Some People Are Offended”

I hope people are offended by it. Hopefully it will be a conversation piece. There will be families that love it for a what it is—a story about families. And the people who offend by it will talk about why their offended with other people, and maybe they’ll realize they’re bigots and that they’re ignorant. Our show can maybe help usher in a little acceptance.

I don’t expect it to change anyone’s lives—I don’t think it’s that earth-shattering. But one of the wonderful things about TV, and hopefully our show will bring that back, is that it can be a conversation starter.”

The New Normal star Justin Bartha, discussing the show’s impact, with Queerty. The New Normal pilot airs tonight at 10pm on NBC, followed by the series premiere September 11 at 9:30pm.

In the lead-up to The New Normal premiere Queerty is launching a new series of features, Our New Normal, where we’ll introduce you to LGBT families of all different stripes—be they same-sex couples raising kids, straight parents raising gay kids, or close-knit groups who view themselves s family.And we want to meet your family, too: Share your story—whether you’re related by blood or linked by love—by uploading photos, videos or notes on our special Our New Normal platform. You could win a family vacation for four courtesy of American Airlines and Kimpton hotels—not to mention some serious bragging rights!