Post by Mike Spadoni on Aug 25, 2012 14:20:22 GMT 1
The NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City says it won't air the network's new sitcom "The New Normal." That's because it features a gay couple who have a baby through a surrogate. The CEO of KSL's parent company Bonneville International (which includes the "Deseret News" newspaper) explained why: “For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time." "New Normal" is set to air at 8:30 PM--which I agree may be a bit early for general family viewing. But if you can put the raunchy "Two and a Half Men" at 8:30 on Thursday nights, as CBS will do this fall, what's the diff? It's not the first time KSL has weeded out NBC shows it does not find "appropriate." "Saturday Night Live" does not air on KSL, and the station refused to air previous NBC series as "The Playboy Club," "Coupling" and "God, The Devil And Bob." Actress Ellen Barkin, who co-stars on "New Normal," tweeted this response: “Shame on u @kslcom not airing @nbcthenewnormal. So (Law & Order) SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate? What will play in @nbcthenewnormal spot? A dude reading from the bible?” Fortunately for viewers in Utah, another local station (which already carries SNL) will air "The New Normal" on weekends. I've only seen the previews of "New Normal" but rest assured I'll be watching and letting you know if it's worth the fuss.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock