'The New Normal' Won't Air on NBC Utah Affiliate Due to Gay Theme
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By , Sun, August 26, 2012
The gay-themed sitcom, The New Normal, will not be airing in one of Utah’s NBC affiliates when it premieres this September 11.
According to ThinkProgress, the pilot was viewed by KSL-TV representatives and rejected. Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company said to Deseret News:
“For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”
Simpson concluded that those interested in the show would be able to view it thanks to digital media.
The show, created by Ryan Murphy, will feature a gay couple and a single mother figuring out what means to be surrogate parents.
The news was announced several weeks after the organization One Million Moms released a statement persuading individuals to boycott the program due to it “damaging our culture.” The group accused NBC of using its programming to promote messages that would cause “the decay of morals and values.”
The parent company Bonneville International Corporation is owned by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the report states. KSL-TV network is rebroadcasted through out America’s mid-west including Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming.