Utah NBC Affiliate Will Not Air 'The New Normal'

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August 25th, 2012

KSL, the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate owned by the Mormon church, is opting not to air NBC's new comedy The New Normal. The show's premise involves a gay couple who hires a single mother to be to be their surrogate. The station deemed the show, "inappropriate on several dimensions", presumably referring to the show's gay relationship and politically incorrect dialogue. KSL also chooses not to air Saturday Night Live. Last season, it refused to broadcast The Playboy Club. Another Salt Lake City station, KUCW, will air The New Normal on the weekend.

 
  • Max

    Thanks KSL – I hadn’t even heard of this new show so now I will be SURE to check it out!!! #backfire

  • Observer

    And that’s one reason why I won’t watch LA Complex – a bunch of Canadians playing at how morally bankrupt and sleazy they think Americans are.

  • Nick

    I need the # of viewers and A18-49 in Salt Lake City SQUAT! Please.

  • Doug

    @ Observer – Aren’t most of the character on LAC actually Canadian?

  • Hod

    Who cares? The New Normal is quite awful. Just don’t merge two shows totally incompatible. Families and gays, I mean… which kind of audiences are they expecting to reach?

  • CrimTV

    @Doug

    Observer did outline that it was a bunch of Canadians, second of all, I don’t like it when some Americans make fun of Canada so much! (not that i’m from Canada).

  • Load

    If living with one father is horrible, can’t imagine living with two…

  • Mike

    no one will watch it anyways

  • silvit

    @Chris1791

    It’s about time they start standing up against the gay agenda and say NO you aren’t normal. And you will never be NORMAL.

    LOL Thanks for this piece of comedy. And learn what “normal” is in nature. You would be surprised… ;-)

  • capslocke

    @Samuel
    @Susan
    @Chris1791

    You make me absolutely sick, you are everything that is wrong with the world. Get out

  • TomKH

    Don’t them people know they’re giving the shows they’re boycotting free publicity with this kind of move?

  • Walker

    Wait, they don’t air SNL? I’m surprised NBC is still affiliated with them.

  • Silvio

    What a wink-wink, what a charade. “Private entity” KSL (the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate) is clearly breaching their contract with “private entity” NBC network … yet network is not suing them over it. Cheap publicity trick.

    On the other hand, show is so awful that censorship actually makes favor to citizens of Utah. It’s blatant example of a show claiming to be pro-minorities … then – due to being poorly executed and full of cliches – everything ends up looking as actually mocking minorities involved (here happens to be gays).

  • Noname_Rex

    I’m personally surprised NBC hasn’t tried to strip KSL of its affiliation yet, just like “herderp” up there above said.

  • Alan 59

    Many of you are implying that KSL is regressive, but I think that they’re actually progressive. By Christmas, I suspect that no NBC affliates will be airing “The New Normal,” and KSL can claim to be the first!

  • silvit

    On the other hand, show is so awful that censorship actually makes favor to citizens of Utah. It’s blatant example of a show claiming to be pro-minorities … then – due to being poorly executed and full of cliches – everything ends up looking as actually mocking minorities involved (here happens to be gays).

    Isn’t this like, every show on broadcast tv (plus TNT)? They are so bland, generic, same old same old, and with such one-dimensional characters that at the end they are always a parody of the subject they should promote. (not that I don’t agree with what you wrote, it really sounds like you described. Every time on tv they put 2 straight female friends sharing the overused kiss for ratings I roll my eyes. I mean, really? Didn’t we move from that?)

  • JR

    I’m not going to be watching the show nor am I a big fan of Ryan Murphy but most of his shows (Glee, AHS, Nip/Tuck) have been pretty successful when they debuted, so I wouldn’t count this show out just yet.

  • Dan

    The show probably won’t make it past a few episodes anyway

  • silvit

    @Hod

    Maybe the same audiences that watch Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family? Nonetheless, every show with a couple and a brat is NOT funny.

  • JayTN

    Not to get too political, but KSL is a big reason why church and state need to remain separate (I know those words aren’t actually in the Constitution, but framer Thomas Jefferson did use the phrase, so…), because otherwise, you could have the government dictating what can and cannot air. Someone should point out to KSL that they do not own the airwaves, not does NBC. In theory, the American public owns the airwaves that both NBC and KSL broadcast on. Why doesn’t KSL allow those same people to decide whether or not “The New Normal” is worthy of their time? Let the ‘free market’ that the GOP (presently headed by LDSer Mitt Romney) decide the fate of “Normal”.

    Another site mentioned that KSL has no problem airing “Law & Order: SVU” which is probably going to be more ‘inappropriate’ than “Normal” will be. Perhaps KSL finds it ‘appropriate’ to have heterosexuals killing each other on “SVU” but is ‘inappropriate’ for homosexuals to love/support each other on “Normal”. KSL also has no problem airing NBC’s daytime soap “Days of Our Lives”, which we all know is a paragon of family and moral values (although with a couple of now-openly gay characters, perhaps “Days” days are numbered on KSL), and had no problem airing the since canceled syndicated series “The Nate Berkus Show”, even though Berkus is openly gay. For some reason, back when it was a CBS affiliate, KSL would not show David E. Kelley’s “Picket Fences” until late night on Saturdays.

    CBS had the good sense to grab NBC’s old Salt Lake City affiliate in 1995; maybe NBC should go looking for another home once its contract affiliation with KSL expires.

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