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By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor

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In 2009, ABC launched a quirky, revolutionary sitcom called Modern Family.

Since then, the ensemble of stellar actors and writers has created four seasons of a show that initially broke boundaries but has slowly become mundane, as its once revolutionary plots and characters have faded into vogue.

This season, NBC launched a show from creators Ali Adler and Ryan Murphy titled The New Normal. The series follows a single mother (Georgia King) as she becomes a surrogate for a homosexual couple (Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells).

Sure, The New Normal‘s premise is an extension of Modern Family‘s gay couple, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) — especially since both couples want children.

But despite their topicality, ratings for both series have been declining.

Modern Family premiered to an audience of 12.6 million viewers and has remained in a steady fluctuation for the past four seasons. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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