Gay Issues

Utah's KSL-TV Refuses to Air NBC's Gay Comedy 'The New Normal'

| by Michael Allen

Utah TV station KSL-TV will not be airing the series 'The New Normal' when it premieres this fall, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The New Normal is about a single mom who becomes a surrogate for a gay couple, who want a child.

KSL-TV said it is refusing to air the new NBC series because of crude dialogue, explicit content and offensive characterizations.

Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL parent company Bonneville International, told Deseret News: "After viewing the pilot episode of The New Normal, we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule. For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”

The New Normal co-star Ellen Barkin slammed KSL-TV's decision on Twitter: "Anyone in Utah interested in @NBCTheNewNormal please clog up @ksl5tv feed 4 their blatantly homophic decision 2 not air the show #KSLBigots."

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"Shame on u [email protected] not airing [email protected] So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?"

In July, One Million Moms told advertisers to boycott The New Normal: "NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture."