Mormon-Owned TV Station Won’t Air NBC’s New Gay-Themed Comedy

Saturday, August 25, 2012


NBC’s Comedy ‘The New Normal’ Deemed a Threat to Utah by the Mormon Church

Salt Lake City, UT is barreling straight for the 8th century.

Mormon-owned NBC affiliate TV station KSL-TV says it will not be broadcasting the gay-themed comedy The New Normal when it debuts this fall. The New Normal centers on a single mother’s life as she becomes a surrogate for a gay male couple.

Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL-TV opined:

“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.”

This is not the first time KSL-TV allowed the Mormon Church to make entertainment decisions for its viewing audience. The station has never aired Saturday Night Live in its 35-year history.

Meanwhile, co-star Ellen Barkin, who plays a character on the new comedy took to her Twitter to call out KSL-TV’s decision:

“Anyone in Utah interested in NBCTheNewNormal please clog up @ksl5tv feed 4 their blatantly homophobic decision 2 not air the show #KSLBigots. 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?”

The bigotry and hatred toward gay people in the Mormon Church knows no bounds.

SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

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16 Responses to Mormon-Owned TV Station Won’t Air NBC’s New Gay-Themed Comedy

  1. Seabec says:

    Can you imagine living in a state, city or town anywhere in America and the Catholics, or Baptists, or Methodists, controlled what you watch on TV? Why do residents of Salt Lake City tolerate this? NBC should terminate its relationship with KSL-TV before the start of the fall season.

  2. Seabec – No, I can’t.

    I actually feel sorry for the residents of Utah. I knew things were awful there but this is beyond bad.

  3. Rachel says:

    Props to Ellen Barkin for immediately taking these idiots to task. Where are the voices of the rest of the cast? All of them should speak up and loudly.

  4. Estacada says:

    So let me get this straight? Two gay daddies with a baby is more than Utah’s viewing audience can handle but TV specials featuring Donny and Marie Osmond are not?

    What am I missing here?

  5. I…. Am…. Outraged! They’ve never aired Saturday Night Live???? No wonder??!! That explains a lot about the way Utah and BYU keeps churning out closeminded, out-of-touch, better-than-thou Mormons (Presidential candidates included) . That should be illegal: its called NATIONAL NETWORK TELEVISION for a reason.. Writing a letter to the FCC.. They should be able to modify their public access tv schedule, but not pick and choose an NBC’ish channel.

    Anyway… This show looks awesome and funny as hell. I have high hopes that it will shed some new light on differing homosexual lifestyles the way Will&Grace, Brothers&Sisters, and Modern Family has.

  6. Brigadoon says:

    If KSL-TV is an NBC affiliate, did you show Will and Grace or did they block it too?

  7. Zarathustra says:

    In it’s place, they’ll air a show about some mormon man Porking his 5 wives………..

  8. Randy Arroyo says:

    Welcome to Utahistan.

  9. Jim says:

    Another reason NOT to ever set foot in Salt Lake City. NBC should pull its contract with this station. What a bunch of dopes.

  10. Adirondacky says:

    No reason to ever set foot in Utah. I believe in the separation of church and state but Utahans feel differently. The notion that the Church of Latter Day Saints controls what is seen on TV is like what you would encounter in Iran. No thanks. Maybe Utah will join Texas and secede?

  11. fran says:

    Yea well in Utah, the Mormons don;t drink coffee- they just go out & buy bulk cases of Red bull caffeine concentrated “beverages”, so they probably watch banned/censored shows through Dish. Either that or this cult in Utah has a stranglehold on it’s “con”gregation.

  12. TOM339 says:

    I want to deeply thank the Mormon church for acting with wisdom and great thought and care.

    As a long-married, heterosexual male, 28 years to one woman, the father of two daughters, I feel confident if I had been exposed to the new NBC comedy, ‘The New Normal,’ by the end of the season I would’ve dumped my wife and started dating a man.

    Luckily, now I have been saved from such a life-altering, change of direction at this point in my life.

  13. feminazi says:

    TOM339 – I always thought you lived your life on the edge between straight and gay. Just one view of The New Normal would be enough to propel you to the other team! Thank goodness for Julia you will not be tempted!

  14. DMason says:

    Censorship is never a good thing.

  15. ChiTOM says:

    NBC should end their relationship with KSL-TV. If you’re an affiliate station you carry the programs or you’re impacting the advertising revenue that pays for the operation costs of the network. NBC is hurting already. They shouldn’t tolerate this.

  16. Pechanga says:

    Go visit the Salt Lake City Tribune website.

    There are more than 500 comments about KSL’s decision to censor the fall schedule by not running ‘The New Normal.’. Easily, 95% of the comments are from people angry at KSL-TV. Some mention the fact they broadcasted ‘Will and Grace’ for 9 seasons and the world didn’t end. What makes it different in 2012? I blame the election. Elections always make corporations act more conservatively.

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