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.

  • JJ

    It is obviously propaganda when gays are so insanely overrepresented in the media and we are constantly being bombarded with gay material, from moronic street parades to movies, TV shows, radio, etc.

    WoW, you are a hateful little troll with serious personal issues. Every other word is a judgmental insult. Is it so hard to believe that some of us don’t share your views?

    Every child deserves a mother and a father – the two are biologically different and have different roles to fill. Sure, it’s not always possible to have both parents raise you, but that should be the goal and that certainly doesn’t mean anyone should have two mothers or two fathers. You believe my opinion is discriminatory – I believe your opinion is harmful for society and harmful for the children who are involved through no fault of their own. You would censor me, and I would censor you just as enthusiastically. You gay propagandists are highly motivated, I’ll give you that, but so are those of us who don’t change our deepest convictions because a some perpetually pissed off LGBT activist says that “it’s the 21st century” as if this century belongs to only one worldview, as opposed to all other times in history.

  • ZmaX


    “the two are biologically different and have different roles to fill.”

    you do make a very valid point there.

    However, children can find a role model for a specific gender if necessary and they usually do gravitate towards one when they feel the need. For example, a child without a “father figure” would look towards an uncle, grandfather, older cousin, close family friend etc. for help. Though Yes, I agree that it doesn’t seem “ideal”, a child can have a profoundly close connection to any one of those examples as much as and maybe even more than their relationship with their own father. But everyone and every situation is different.

    also, how about a situation where one parent has a more masculine role while the other has a more feminine one? Would that satisfy the need to fill the two different roles? The dynamics of relationships have evolved over the decades with fathers being able to stay at home while the women work, both of which were roles with a specific gender attached to them in the past. However, all of those stereotypes of what a Man’s “Role” is supposed be and what a Woman’s “Role” is supposed to be in a Family are dissolving (and will continue for many years) into a more neutral place. So in theory men and woman can provide any type of role; a mother can play catch with the kids while the father can teach them how to cook. This results in a situation where a specific gender is not obligated to conform to the specific role that had been set in stone decades earlier. This crates an opportunity which would allow any gender of parents to provide for all their children’s needs. (as long as they try, which applies to ALL parents, not just of the same gender. We all know that a person might be a parent but not actually meet any of their children’s needs. which goes back to the point that “The important thing is that children are raised in a loving environment where they are cared for and supported, regardless of the number/gender of the care providers.”)

    Regarding parents’ biological differences, it is true that it would seem best that for a Male child to have a male figure for guidance/answers to question and a female child a female figure. So trying to adhere to that situation ( taking into account the fluidity of gender roles in families), then would having two fathers/mothers be fine as long as the men only have only boys and the women only have girls?

  • Marcus

    JJ…Just as I said..You proved my point about being ignorant, and hateful too. You are really paranoid. What a laugh, “overrepresented in the media and bombarded..blah blah blah. You are obviously a very prejudiced person. My words are not judgemental. As proven by your own words you most certainly are an ignorant dolt. I hope you don’t preach your hatred to your poor children. Wow, you are so full of hate. I almost feel sorry for you. Brought up in a hateful home.

  • Networkman

    @Julia, I do understand where you are coming from. I have no problems with the content of the show but the title is really suggestive. Meaning that many may feel it is trying to “brainwash” the youth into thinking that this is now the hip way of life. There seems to be a political agenda with the title and show then just it being entertainment. I saw the trailer and the writing and acting just seems horrible.

  • Networkman

    @Rex, you are so correct. I do believe most of the shows are now perpetuating the stereotypes. Will & Grace was great for that time. It broke down barriers but I do believe that it would be more effective to watch people with different perspective regarding their sexuality. I think there would be more impact seeing a more diverse culture within the gay community. Maybe alot more viewers would be able to relate to someone who is stuggling with their sexuality. That may be more normal than ever. I would watch a realistic portrayal of a gay couple arguing amongst themselves about rather adoption is right. There may be some men and women who just don’t want children.

  • Nadine

    Yes, the “new normal” does INCLUDE people who were not in the past regarded as typical raisers of children — not just gay couples, but also step-parents (sometimes multiple step-partents!) and single parents. Some children are raised communally, even here in the US. Certainly it is a great deal more common today than it was 50 years ago. So, yes, I’d say it was a new “norm.” But again, the entertainment industry isn’t promoting this alternative as much as simply acknowledging it.

  • JJ

    ZmaX, I appreciate your mature and non-insulting arguments. I don’t believe that traditional gender roles need to be followed, i.e. I have no problem with fathers cooking and others playing catch. However, I do believe that, separate from gender as a socially constructed concept, there are biological differences between men and women which complement each other when the two come together to form a family. That is why I believe that all children need both a mother and a father, and that should be the ideal we strive towards. Granted, this approach would involve making heterosexual parents take more responsibility for their children, but it would also mean that being raised by two mothers and two fathers cannot be the “new normal”. It is important to look for roll-models in uncles, aunts, teachers, etc., but it is all second-best, or at least supplementary, to having a functional family with a mother and a father.

  • ZmaX

    Yeah, it’s good having a well thought out discussion with someone.

    I understand what you mean, basically : “raising children/having families is already so difficult, why add another variable that would complicate the situation”

    but at the end of the day, families/relationships are seen subjectively by everyone and as long as people do their reasonably best to meet the basic needs of their children, it will all work out. Following Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can be accomplished by any kind of family, even if it might be a bit more difficult (in theory) for some. But it would vary for every person, based upon the environment the children are exposed to outside of the family. All kids can definitely grow up to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted adults, there isn’t a specific formula that will lead to such abstract concepts of happiness or well-adjustment.

    Mom + Dad doesn’t always = best situation for a kid.
    there are so many other factors involved, just like
    Dad + Dad doesn’t always = best situation for a kid, etc.

    We can both agree that parents need to make the best of THEIR OWN situation (whether that includes financial, sociological, living environmental, or religious differences) to provide for their children.

  • G-Mac

    Good for them, stand behind thier values. My local affiliate will air it, I just won’t watch it. Call me whatever you want, don’t care. If it was Monday, I would go eat at Chick Fillet..

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