E4 has picked up the latest sitcom from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy.

Twentieth Century Fox’s The New Normal follows a gay couple trying to create a new model for a family.

Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) are a couple living in Beverley Hills who set about finding a surrogate mother to bring a baby into their lives.

They end up finding Goldie (Georgia King), a midwestern waitress and single mother trying to escape her small-minded grandmother (Ellen Barkin), who moves into the their home with her eight-year-old daughter.

The deal was brokered by C4 head of acquisitions Gill Hay and Twentieth Century Fox TV distribution senior vice-president Steve Cornish.

The 13-part show will begin airing on NBC in September and around the turn of the year on E4.

Hay described the series as “pacey, warm and inventive”, and Cornish said it was the “perfect fit for the E4 audience”.

C4 has also committed in principle to picking up the third seasons of New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, and Homeland. Both series are yet to be officially commissioned but Hay described the latter as “the most talked about drama of the year”.

Homeland stars Damian Lewis and averaged a consolidated audience of 2.79 million (9.62%) earlier this year, when it played out on Sunday nights. The second series has been pencilled in for October.