Utah Affiliate Refuses to Air The New Normal, Labels Gay-Based Sitcom "Inappropriate" for Families

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KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah airs Law & Order: SVU on Wednesday nights. That program centers on such horrific crimes as rape and murder.

But the NBC affiliate has drawn its objectionable line at The New Normal, an upcoming sitcom from Glee creator Ryan Murphy that focuses on a gay couple and the family of its surrogate mother.

“For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time,” Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, said in a statement.

The New Normal Scene

The decision has been met with backlash from those involved with the show and those who care about gay rights. First, there is star Ellen Barkin's reply on Twitter.

"Shame on you @kslcom," wrote the veteran actress, referring to the move as "blatantly homophic" and adding: "[A] loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate? What will play in @NBCTheNewNormal spot? A dude reading from the bible?”

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick has also spoken out, saying of the axing:

“Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like Modern Family, Glee and Grey’s Anatomy. While audiences, critics and advertisers have all supported LGBT stories, KSL is demonstrating how deeply out of touch it is with the rest of the country.”

KSL does not air Saturday Night Live and also dropped NBC's The Playboy Club last fall, citing that drama's “objectionable material."


Christian, yet intolerant. Hmmm.


Ellen Barkin is in it. No way in hell I would watch it. And I am far from homophobic.


Finally a station standing up to the garbage thrown at us by the highly agendized far left. No matter what they try to shove down our throats homosexuality is NOT normal.


A beloved part of American Television? Oh yeah- NO DOUBT! Everyone I know tapes every episode! You got to put them right up there with Rhoda & Cheers! Can't get enough of it. I'm guessing there's a chance that Utah is not caught up into the "Gay Rolling Tide" of the country!


Utah is nothing but a bland, closed-minded, homophobic, hypocritical and stupidly stuffy-ass state!!!!! Utah...this is 2012, not 1220...you sneer-filled assholes!!!!!


In Utah. How shocking. Hey, what if there were several effeminate gay guys in the family unit, with just one masculine one? Better then?


That's too bad! This would have seem like a good show. Indeed, shame on you KSL, you are a terrible company. But believe me, I will fight the homophobic stance.


I'm glad that they won't allow that show to air. Hopefully other places will follow their example.


Nothin wrong with that; it's a start.

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