Utah NBC affiliate KSL-TV has made it known that it will not be airing the new NBC comedy "The New Normal" when it premieres this fall. The series revolves around a loving gay married couple attempting to start a family with a surrogate mother and her own wacky family.
"After viewing the pilot episode of The New Normal, we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule," Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL parent company Bonneville International, told Deseret News. "For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”
Guess it must have been REALLY unfunny. The new series' star Ellen Barkin tweeted in response to the decision, "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?"
Simpson made it clear this was not a slight on their parent network: "NBC is a valued partner — and as the Summer Olympic Games prove, they are committed to great news, sports and entertainment programming." He wouldn't want to offend anyone, after all.
This would not be the first time that the Utah affiliate has balked at NBC's programming. In the past, KSL has refused to air the short-lived "The Playboy Club," "Coupling," "The Book of Daniel," and "God, the Devil and Bob."