First things first: I hate this whole "this is the new that" stuff; Paninis are the new hoagies, rats are the new ferrets, breathing is the new being alive. It's tired.
That said, my headline stands. As far as TV, literature, blogs -- whatever -- are concerned, the crazier, more outlandish, more dysfunctional the family, the more it will resonate with a salivating audience. That's clearly the studio mogul mindset.
Salivating to relate, maybe; sure, we all think our family was a bit off, cause for embarrassment on more than one occasion, so there's a bit of "misery loving company" going on. But, ultimately, in retrospect or not, many of us look back at a family that had its collective quirks but was ultimately a pretty damn normal, boring, functioning family. Do I understand Hollywood cranking up the quirk for laughs and to keep our attention? Obviously. Yet, while doing so, the Cleavers became the Cunninghams became the Bluths became "Modern Family." Funny shows all, but at the same time dysfunctional became something to strive for, the willfull suspension of disbelief something as easy to dismiss as the notion that drama and issue-free is possible.