LA Times: NBC affiliate KSL-TV in Utah declines to air ‘The New Normal’

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NBC affiliate KSL-TV in Utah declines to air ‘The New Normal’

By Patrick Kevin Day
August 27, 2012, 12:20 p.m.

“The New Normal,” Ryan Murphy‘s new comedy series about a gay couple in Los Angeles and the woman they pick to be the surrogate mother of their child, will debut on NBC on Sept. 11. Except for on NBC affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, which is declining to air the series.

According to a statement to the Deseret News from Jeff Simpson, chief executive of Bonneville International, the owners of KSL-TV, “After viewing the pilot episode of ‘The New Normal,’ we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule. For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”

Bonneville International is a broadcasting company owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through the Deseret Management Corp.

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It isn’t the first time KSL has declined to air content NBC has broadcast. Last year, the station didn’t carry “The Playboy Club,” citing a desire to not be associated with pornography and the Playboy brand. Other NBC series not aired by KSL include the sexy comedy “Coupling” and the animated series “God, the Devil and Bob.” None of those series lasted long on NBC.

The long-running “Saturday Night Live” is another NBC series not carried by KSL.

Outspoken “New Normal” star Ellen Barkin took immediate issue with the decision on Twitter, writing, “Shame on u @kslcom not airing @NBCTheNewNormal So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?”

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  1. I see no problem with this. They have as much right to their own beliefs as we gay people do to our own.

    While I appreciate being accepted for who and what I am; I don’t expect or demand that everyone like and accept me and I certainly don’t want to associate with those who are somehow forced into pretending to like and accept me.

    It’s a shame and also hypocritical that some gay people have to sink to the same levels and tactics as religious zealots. Sorry, but just because I am gay doesn’t mean that I and my opinions are owned by other gay people. I am gay by nature, not by joining a club and swearing some kind of group-think, cult-like allegiance to it.

    John 29 August 2012 at %I:%M %p Permalink
  2. id have a lot more gay couples In the conformity of gay life in this country Dublin ,has becoconflicted views I don’t know you are familiar the phrase. bi but nit out1)winning dabble\\2) and so on/to the point i might ofendde you

    greg 1 September 2012 at %I:%M %p Permalink

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