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.

  • TakeMyBodyButLeaveMyJewelsAlone

    Religious nonsense is the lowest form of nonsense.

  • thomas

    ultima is so nonsense

  • DM

    We live in an interesting time, folks.

  • Nadine

    Quite apart from the correct Williams Institute figures which I just posted, there is also the fact that the largest metro areas have significantly larger gay populations than the population as a whole–particularly America’s largest cities (and states!) — NY, LA, Chicago or California & NY. This is not even mentioning the fact that gays have a much higher median income and median education level than the general population. And gay Americans buy cornflakes, deodorant (and diapers!) as well as the rest of us.

  • TakeMyBodyButLeaveMyJewelsAlone

    “And gay Americans buy cornflakes”

    OK, can you please stop spreading all these lies! It’s just getting tedious now.

  • Nadine

    @Carigis . I don’t like the networks preaching to me..or pushing a social agenda. J
    If promoting a gay “agenca” means trying to convince you to embrace a gay lifestyle, I’m quite sure that’s not the network’s intention. If it means the network is working on the assumption that most of us are a lot more charitable to our fellow Americans who happen to be gay, then it doesn’t strike me as an agenda at all, but rather a program with which you have not yet got.

  • Nadine

    Since my first post seems to have gone astray, I apologize for mentioning again that the April 2011 Williams Inst. survey indicated that just under 4% of the Americans they surveyed identified themselves as gay or transgender. That does not include those who wouldn’t admit it, even to a survey taker. Nor does it include a large number of people who claimed they were not gay but admitted having experienced attraction to someone of the same gender.

  • Nadine

    In any case, the “public” does not have the right to use any of the licensed airwaves nor any say in how those airwaves are used (except indirectly through elected officials which have authority over the FCC).
    The American public does indeed own the airwaves. The FCC distributes licenses on behalf of the public. The “public” can’t directly vote on legislation either; our elected representatives do. But nevertheless, we elect them and they speak for us. The FCC also speaks for us–although there’s a lot of different “us”es out there with widely differing opinions. Nevertheless, once we start regarding our government as this alien entity, as though they were controlled by Martians, rather than the people we ourselves put there to run things, we completely lose the fact that it’s not some weird faceless government we’re disagreeing with, but others of our fellow Americans. It’s humbling.

  • Anon

    The local affiliate is well within its rights to not air the show. Judging from their past refusals (The Playboy Club, Coupling, God, the Devil and Bob and those late night poker fests), they seem to have a pretty good idea about what works and what doesn’t. ;)

    The show will air in the market anyway on KUCW, so no one is being deprived of their opportunity to watch this.

  • Andyº

    Gay people say so: NEW NORMAL. Then, gay people wasn’t normal before? Answer that. Some people act like babies just because other people think differently. Murphy can’t get enough with Glee and its gay agenda.

  • TakeMyBodyButLeaveMyJewelsAlone

    What’s really sad here is that this show will flop and be cancelled because it’s network TV drivel, but the ridiculous god-botherers will claim it a triumph on their part like they’ve won some imaginary award.

  • Morgan Wick

    Not really much of a surprise.

  • Morgan Wick

    The flamewar on the gay issue in the comments… also not too surprising, but still disappointing.

  • JRR2

    I remember back in the 1970s, the Knoxville TN affiliate refused to air SNL but showed Gunsmoke reruns instead. After a few years, they eventually changed their minds.

  • Matt

    I hate censorship! Just because you don’t agree with something doesnt mean you should prevent a voice from being heard. This show doesn’t interest me and I wont be watching, but I am happy my NBC affiliate is giving me the opportunity to watch it if I want to.

  • gary

    This show will suck, literally

  • xwiseguyx

    I think heterosexual sex is disgusting, yet they still allow that to air…

  • Mark Phillips

    And the Republican candidate in this years presidential election is a card carrying Mormon. Non-religious myself, I have done a lot of research on Mormonism and all I can say is……Hmmmm……Christianity with a smattering of crazy. Another peculiar fact is that Andrew Rannells, one half of the gay couple on THE NEW NORMAL, who is gay himself, was the original lead in Broadway’s THE BOOK OF MORMON. Another Hmmmm….

  • James

    Good for them!

    Maybe folks will start to remember that this type of behavior isn’t and never has been ‘normal’

  • TakeMyBodyButLeaveMyJewelsAlone

    Unlike discrimination which is apparently totally ‘normal’.

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