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.

 
  • JayTN

    The last sentence in the first paragraph of my above post has a word missing. It should read:

    Let the ‘free market’ that the GOP (presently headed by LDSer Mitt Romney) trumpets decide the fate of “Normal”.

  • silvit

    @JR

    Is this a Ryan Murphy show? Plot holes and writing on the wall here they come then! :D

    Glee and AHS are absolute crap (like Popular), whereas Nip/Tuck was the only good show he ever did. When Nip/Tuck was good, it was outstanding, when it was bad, it was ridiculous. However, the first 2 seasons of Nip/Tuck are still some of the best seasons of any show ever. The S2 finale was a masterpiece.

  • Ricky

    In other news, grass is green and human blood is red. Hopefully this will contribute to a cancellation just like The Playboy Club. And then Justin Bartha won’t have as much in his schedule to get in the way of the very long-overdue National Treasure 3!

    ***POWER IS EVERYTHING***
    ***9.17.12***

  • Willians

    Again with this B.S

  • JR

    @silvit

    Yep, it’s a Ryan Murphy show. I can’t say that I’ve been a big fan or watcher of any of his shows, but with the exception of Popular, they’ve all been fairly successful.

  • j

    Of course has to be affiliated to NBC.

  • Nadine

    The station is run by the Mormons, so of course they won’t show it, and that’s perfectly legal. If NBC is willing to stand for it, that’s their problem. (Personally, I think it’s one of those Morm publicity stunts that they pull every few months. They like those snapping camera bulbs and perhaps it soothes some of their constituency.) But frankly, I’m surprised at the strong feelings this program is raising in some posters. I mean I don’t watch BN anymore because I’m tired of the violence. That’s my right. But I could care less if others watch it. That’s not my business, and frankly, it’s not yours if I watch this silly little comedy (which I never was gonna do, but now, maybe I’ll take a peek.) BTW, what century are you living in? Modern Family? Will and Grace?

  • Nadine

    Why does the Canadian remark rile you up so much? Big deal.

  • Nadine

    @silvit
    every show with a couple and a brat is NOT funny.
    AMEN to that, brother. You said it.

  • Tom

    “For example, we’re certainly within our rights to prevent all commenting from people above the 49th parallel if we wished. But since most of you are so polite, we’d never think of doing that ;)”

    Bill, that’s very diplomatic. However, is there some way we can stop junk television shows like Rookie Blue and the LA Complex at the border? I swear, there’s more low budget drivel originating in the Great White North every season.

  • Ricky

    @Tom: Does that mean you would prefer American shows to film only in America? Like, would you want to ban Supernatural, Fringe, and Falling Skies because they film in Vancouver?

    But yes, I find that a lot of Canadian shows are crappy, like LA Complex and especially Degrassi. :( And don’t Canadians have some “Canadian Content” law that requires TV/radio to play a certain percentage of Canadian-made stuff? I’m surprised they get to play so many of our TV shows up north.

  • SJ

    Oh, silly Americans, if you only knew how pathetic the rest of the world thinks you are…

    I was thisclose to moving there some time ago but it looks like I backed out at the right moment. Amurrica just keeps getting more and more retarded as the rest of the world advances. How sad.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill, that’s very diplomatic. However, is there some way we can stop junk television shows like Rookie Blue and the LA Complex at the border? I swear, there’s more low budget drivel originating in the Great White North every season.”

    My earlier comment had nothing to do with Canadian produced TV shows, only the clown talking about American “censorship”.

  • Nick

    @Ricky

    don’t Canadians have some “Canadian Content” law that requires TV/radio to play a certain percentage of Canadian-made stuff? I’m surprised they get to play so many of our TV shows up north.

    Canada airs so much of American programming because it’s really easy. It doesn’t have to be converted into another language, and it can air simultaneously, so no spoliers. In say, the UK, by the time primetime comes around, it will be 20 hours after the original US airing and can be found online.

    Oh, and:

    In other news, grass is green and human blood is red

    Half the time human blood is blue. :-D

  • Ricky

    @SJ: Maybe you could have come here, and tried to help us out, in order to prevent us from devolving into an Idiocracy world! ;)

  • Ricky

    @Nick: True.

    But if you bled blue, that wouldn’t be a good thing, would it?

  • Tom

    @ Ricky The Canadian content requirement only applies to Canada’s broadcasters. I was referring to Canadian shows being broadcast in the U.S. My point is that I’d like to be rid of the bargain basement feel that seems to pervade too many Canadian productions. You can tell right away that shows like Lost Girl, King, Combat Hospital and Flashpoint are indigenous to Canada by the poor scripts and lousy backgrounds. I’m not sure if Arctic Air or Continuum air in the states, but they’re not far behind. I understand that U.S. production companies film in Vancouver for the tax breaks, but that’s not my point. And, for what it’s worth, the most popular television shows in Canada are American.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@ Ricky The Canadian content requirement only applies to Canada’s broadcasters. I was referring to Canadian shows being broadcast in the U.S. My point is that I’d like to be rid of the bargain basement feel that seems to pervade too many Canadian productions. You can tell right away that shows like Lost Girl, King, Combat Hospital and Flashpoint are indigenous to Canada by the poor scripts and lousy backgrounds. I’m not sure if Arctic Air or Continuum air in the states, but they’re not far behind. I understand that U.S. production companies film in Vancouver for the tax breaks, but that’s not my point. And, for what it’s worth, the most popular television shows in Canada are American.”

    Tom, the US networks buy those shows because they are cheap and their ad revenue during the summer won’t support the cost of US produced scripted shows.

    Were they not able to buy cheap scripted shows (wherever they come from), the alternative wouldn’t be US produced scripted shows* it would be repeats or unscripted shows.

    *I know CBS has announced that Unforgettable will air during summer 2013. I’ll believe that when I see it.

  • Nick

    @Ricky

    Maybe if you eat too much blueberries!

  • Julie

    As a proud Canadian and friend of the US – I do apologise for the earlier rude poster, and also for subjecting you to crappy Canadian shows, especially during the summer. We feel your pain, as most of us would rather not even have to see them once, let alone twice (on your channels and on ours.)
    But, it might be nice if you returned the favour. I know, I know, sort of impossible since we get most of your channels and promote your shows as our own up here – but imagine if Canada could be ‘Glass House-free’, or ‘Whitney-free’, or ‘almost all of TLC Honey BooBoo type programming-free’. Ah what a dream.

    We are also extremely proud to have many fine ‘American’ programs filmed here, usually with Canadian crews and Canadian guest stars. So even though we aren’t supposed to, we secretly claim those as our own too….especially when I can often watch them filming outside my office building on my lunch breaks.
    Unfortunately in some cases that counts for nothing when it comes to airing them – it is getting better, but a few of these shows aired on the cable networks aren’t shown here for weeks or even months after you get to see them down south. :(

    So please, feel sorry for us sad, Warehouse 13-deprived Canadians, soon to wave goodbye to the short short summer and retreat to our winter igloos. Our brains freeze, you see, so we don’t realise what crap we’ve given you (and ourselves!) until the next summer, when it’s just too late. ;)

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