NBC affiliate in Utah, owned by Mormon church, refuses to air NBC's gay sitcom "The New Normal"

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    Aug 27, 2012 7:37 AM GMT
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    An NBC Utah affiliate has yanked Ryan Murphy's forthcoming sitcom, "The New Normal," from its fall lineup, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

    The station, KSL, which is owned by the Latter-day Saints church, refuses to air the show about two gay men who go through the highs and lows of parenting their new baby.

    "The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude," CEO of KSL's parent company, Bonneville International, Jeff Simpson tells the Tribune. "The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive."
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    "The New Normal" is set to debut on NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 p.m.

    Utahns will have a chance to see it, however.

    "We will air it on the weekends" on Channel 30, said Matt Jacquint, general manager of KUCW and KTVX. "We’re looking for a time slot right now."

    KUCW carries NBC’s "Saturday Night Live," and often picks up sports programming when KSL pre-empts it for General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    One Million Moms, which boycotted JC Penney when talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres was hired as a spokesperson, announced a boycott of "The New Normal" months ago. But the show’s creator/executive producer, Ryan Murphy ("Glee"), recently said he didn’t anticipate NBC stations would pull it.

    "I don’t see that happening," he said. "It’s 2012. I don’t think this is anything so outrageous."
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    Aug 27, 2012 7:41 AM GMT
    Punk bitches.
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    Aug 27, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    Who cares? Fuck pre-programmed TV altogether anyway. It's nothing but brainwashing. Intelligent people program themselves by looking up what they want to watch (youtube, hulu, etc). Mass media is for stupid people who want to be programmed by others. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 27, 2012 9:51 AM GMT
    I've encountered other communities that wouldn't air certain shows, or put them into bad time slots. In North Dakota it was Prairie Public Television that refused to air programs from PBS that were favorable to gays. There was one monthly magazine series I wanted to see but couldn't, called In The Life.

    When I went to college in Oklahoma in 1967, Star Trek was banished to midnight on Sunday, guaranteeing that many college students, a big part of their audience, wouldn't stay up that late to watch it before a school day following a partying weekend.

    I was told by local residents that the reason was the show's subtle and not-so-subtle subtext regarding social issues like racial & sexual equality, anti-war sentiments, and other themes opposed by conservatives. All I know is that watching Star Trek in a college town was made into a difficult feat, the local NBC affiliate evidently having control over what time slot it occupied.
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    Aug 27, 2012 11:22 AM GMT
    I read a few TV stations didn't air Ellen's (her 90s sitcom) "very special" episode back in the spring of 1997, either.

    Same stupid people, but different show in a different era.
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    Aug 27, 2012 11:46 AM GMT
    It sucks they won't do it, but the show looks awful. Just brutal beyond words.
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    Aug 27, 2012 12:26 PM GMT
    redsoxfan791 saidIt sucks they won't do it, but the show looks awful. Just brutal beyond words.

    Ryan Murphy's only good show has been Nip/Tuck.

    And it sucks, because I like Justin Bartha as Riley from the National Treasure franchise.
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    Aug 27, 2012 7:15 PM GMT
    libertpaulian saidI read a few TV stations didn't air Ellen's (her 90s sitcom) "very special" episode back in the spring of 1997, either.

    Same stupid people, but different show in a different era.

    I had a doctor's appointment this morning and in the waiting room was a mother and her young son. The Ellen show was on and the woman was so determined her son was not going to watch it. She kept saying. "Don't look at that. You don't want to see that," but he kept watching. She finally picked him up and moved in the seats directly below the TV, but he kept arching his neck around to see it and she kept telling him to stop watching it. After some chairs opened up that were out of the sight of the TV, she picked him again and moved. I just kept thinking, is it really that bad? Can you get any more tame than Ellen?
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    Aug 27, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
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    libertpaulian saidI read a few TV stations didn't air Ellen's (her 90s sitcom) "very special" episode back in the spring of 1997, either.

    Same stupid people, but different show in a different era.

    I had a doctor's appointment this morning and in the waiting room was a mother and her young son. The Ellen show was on and the woman was so determined her son was not going to watch it. She kept saying. "Don't look at that. You don't want to see that," but he kept watching. She finally picked him up and moved in the seats directly below the TV, but he kept arching his neck around to see it and she kept telling him to stop watching it. After some chairs opened up that were out of the sight of the TV, she picked him again and moved. I just kept thinking, is it really that bad? Can you get any more tame than Ellen?
    you shoulda asked mom what was so bad about it in front of her kid! The seed woulda been planted!
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    Aug 27, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
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    Iceblink said
    libertpaulian saidI read a few TV stations didn't air Ellen's (her 90s sitcom) "very special" episode back in the spring of 1997, either.

    Same stupid people, but different show in a different era.

    I had a doctor's appointment this morning and in the waiting room was a mother and her young son. The Ellen show was on and the woman was so determined her son was not going to watch it. She kept saying. "Don't look at that. You don't want to see that," but he kept watching. She finally picked him up and moved in the seats directly below the TV, but he kept arching his neck around to see it and she kept telling him to stop watching it. After some chairs opened up that were out of the sight of the TV, she picked him again and moved. I just kept thinking, is it really that bad? Can you get any more tame than Ellen?
    you shoulda asked mom what was so bad about it in front of her kid! The seed woulda been planted!

    She would have been mortified. She was wearing those kind of plain skirts Pentecostal women wear.
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    Aug 27, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
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    Iceblink said
    libertpaulian saidI read a few TV stations didn't air Ellen's (her 90s sitcom) "very special" episode back in the spring of 1997, either.

    Same stupid people, but different show in a different era.

    I had a doctor's appointment this morning and in the waiting room was a mother and her young son. The Ellen show was on and the woman was so determined her son was not going to watch it. She kept saying. "Don't look at that. You don't want to see that," but he kept watching. She finally picked him up and moved in the seats directly below the TV, but he kept arching his neck around to see it and she kept telling him to stop watching it. After some chairs opened up that were out of the sight of the TV, she picked him again and moved. I just kept thinking, is it really that bad? Can you get any more tame than Ellen?
    you shoulda asked mom what was so bad about it in front of her kid! The seed woulda been planted!

    She would have been mortified. She was wearing those kind of plain skirts Pentecostal women wear.
    Thats what makes it so appealing!icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 27, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    Over under on this show. Hmm. I give it one season. Two on the high side.