Utah station refuses to air gay series The New Normal

Despite airing other programs which oppose Mormon beliefs, KSL-TV has barred the series by Glee creator Ryan Murphy

Utah station refuses to air gay series The New Normal
26 August 2012

Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s new NBC series The New Normal will not be shown by the network’s Utah affiliate KSL-TV because of its gay content.

Owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the CEO Jeff Simpson said the show which features a gay couple does not match up to its ‘brand’.

‘From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another,’ Simpson said. ‘The dialogue may be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive.

‘For our brand, this program feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.’

The New Normal follows a gay couple, played by Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells, who meet a single Midwestern mother who becomes their surrogate.

Last year, KSL also refused to air NBC series The Playboy Club, because the station ‘is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand.’

KSL is being criticized for their decision to not show a ‘gay’ series, but does choose to air programs like Law and Order: SVU which depicts sexual violence, and Grimm, which features the supernatural.

The New Normal could still be aired in Utah on a different channel.

Anti-gay group One Million Moms protested the show’s airing.

‘NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage,’ the group said in a post under the headline ‘The New Normal not normal.’

The New Normal premieres on 11 September on NBC. Check your local listings for times.

Watch the trailer for The New Normal below:

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