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NBC bring down axe on New Normal and Smash

Ryan Murphy's The New Normal and musical drama Smash are the latest victims of TV cuts in the U.S.

Network bosses are currently choosing which series to continue and which to axe, and the Glee creator's gay family comedy is one of the unlucky ones.

The NBC show starred Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a same-sex couple who have a baby via surrogate, but it won't be taken to season two.

Smash, which featured Katherine McPhee as a performer fighting to make her way on Broadway, has also been cancelled by bosses at NBC, leaving Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Megan Hilty out of a job. It has run for two seasons and featured cameos from Jennifer Hudson and Bernadette Peters.

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