Utah TV Station Won’t Air Gay-Themed Show, Says It’s ‘Inappropriate’ For ‘Family Viewing’

An NBC-affiliate in Utah will not air The New Normal, a sitcom about a committed gay couple who hire a surrogate to carry a child. The show is set to premere on September 11, but after watching the pilot episode, KSL-TV has decided the program was inappropriate to show “during family viewing time”:

“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…. NBC is a valued partner — and as the Summer Olympic Games prove, they are committed to great news, sports and entertainment programming,” he said. “KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so.”

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The decision comes just one month after the anti-gay One Million Moms protested the program as “hateful,” and this time some of its stars are speaking out. Co-star Ellen Barkin — “who plays an often racist and homophobic character on the comedy” — tweeted to condemn KSL-TV’s decision:

Aksarbent notes that KSL-TV “is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, which is in turn owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). KSL-TV has a large network of rebroadcast transmitters which extends its coverage throughout Utah, as well as portions of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming.”