Ellen Barkin Cast in Ryan Murphy Comedy

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Ellen Barkin attends a screening of "Another Happy Day" at Sunshine Landmark on November 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images) Photo: Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images/2011 Getty Images

Ellen Barkin has signed on for Ryan Murphy's upcoming NBC comedy The New Normal, Deadline reports. The show is about a gay couple and woman who becomes their surrogate; The Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells is already on board to play one of half of the couple, and Twitter laureate Barkin will play the surrogate's mother. Sounds about right! Barkin, Jane Lynch on Glee, Jessica Lange on American Horror Story — this means we can now add "middle-aged blonde woman in a scene-stealing [we're guessing] supporting role" to the List of Ryan Murphy Hallmarks.