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Mormon-owned NBC affiliate refuses to air gay-themed sitcom

Calls NBC's 'The New Normal' 'inappropriate on several dimensions'
Sunday, August 26, 2012

The NBC television affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah — which is owned by the Mormon Church — said it will not air a new gay-themed sitcom, calling it “inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”

KSL-TV said it would not broadcast the upcoming series “The New Normal,” when it premiers this fall on NBC. The series, from Emmy Award winning producer/director Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story,” and “Nip/Tuck”), centers on a single mother’s life as she becomes a surrogate for a gay couple.

But after viewing the pilot episode of “The New Normal,” Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL-TV parent company Bonneville International, said the decision had been made “to keep it off our fall schedule.” Bonneville International is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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

Simpson cited “crude dialogue, explicit content and offensive characterizations” as the main reasons why KSL-TV would not air “The New Normal” when it premiers Sept. 11.

KSL previously refused to broadcast the shortlived NBC drama “The Playboy Club,” and has also blacked out “Saturday Night Live” and the 2003 series “Coupling.”

Despite the KSL-TV balckout, however, Utahns will still have a chance to see “The New Normal.”

Matt Jacquint, general manager of KUCW-TV and KTVX-TV, said he will air “The New Normal” on weekends on KUCW, Channel 30. “We’re looking for a time slot right now,” he said.

KUCW also carries NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” broadcasts.

A preview of the show is here:

Last month, One Million Moms (OMM), denounced “The New Normal,” and said 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,”

OMM, a project of the anti-gay hate group American Family Association (whose spokesperson is Bryan Fischer), called the series “damaging to our culture.”

“Millions of Americans strongly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. NBC’s “The New Normal” is attempting to desensitize America and our children. It is the opposite of how families are designed and created. You cannot recreate the biological wheel,” OMM said on its website.

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  1. fuckin mormons..not surprising at all..i liv in idaho an they think they rule all

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:47pm
  2. gotta love it..those damn mormons

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:48pm
  3. i dont want one to get into the white house i didnt like it when he was governor of Mass..you know who i mean

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:49pm
  4. We if mitt mitt full of shit gets in they we be.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:49pm
  5. so sad so ignorant

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:51pm
  6. There was a time in history when Mormons were thought of as Godless-pieces of crap… interesting that when a church makes a bunch of money, it garners their own legitimacy… Know what? they are still a bunch of Godless pieces of crap.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:51pm
  7. lets get a third choice then. Cuz Obama gonna ef us hard

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:51pm
  8. I Am A Christian, & Mormons Are Not Christians, Yet half of there people believe in Polygamy, & The Missionaries are one of the gayest of them all lol a lot of them are!

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:51pm
  9. bill your afraid

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:52pm
  10. and Christians should noy judge —

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:53pm
  11. not

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:53pm
  12. isnt it…love they neighbor as thyself..and “”and justice for all”

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:54pm
  13. So is Mittens, remember in december.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:54pm
  14. Well fuck you too NBC affiliate.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:54pm
  15. Bill you’re a tard…THERE ARE other choices, but apparently you don’t care enough to find that out.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:56pm
  16. Mormonism is a crock of shit

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:57pm
  17. Welp, that show looks horrid anyway.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:57pm
  18. Interesting. A lot of these comments are against Mormons and Mormonism. What if the title did not include “Mormon-owned”. Imagine. This wouldn’t be about religion, would it? Wording is everything.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:01pm
  19. Partners looks better… But I know that’s not the point… lol

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:01pm
  20. The owners of the media control the message. Personally, I listen to NPR and that’s about it.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:02pm
  21. It’s really rediculous. They really need to put their religious beliefs aside. They are being really immature. The mormon church is not worth it. They are like all the other churches. This comes as no surprise

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:03pm
  22. The very last thing we need is one of these wackos in the white house!

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:06pm
  23. Maybe they’re just mad about Rannell’s “Book of Mormon” thing. ;) The show looks really interesting.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:10pm
  24. This is gettin rediculous, they get freedom to follow a made up religion and we get nothin…bs to the max

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:11pm
  25. Religion + Politics = Oppression

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:11pm
  26. NBC sucks ass

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:14pm
  27. Why does a church own a TV station in the 1st place? Glad I don’t live in SLC. Or Utah for that matter.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:16pm
  28. Its so pathetic it really is that they wont let the people of Utah watch the show and decide for themselves it could be not worth watching

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:17pm
  29. I think they will be setting the cause back w that show, but there is a huge gblt community in Utah they need to get over it, ya know they funded prop 8

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:19pm
  30. They have a very narrow and ignorant interpretation of the vast variety of humans and human interactions and anything questioning or challenging that will destroy their argument that only THEY have the correct interpretation of our reality. (psst, they’re not even close)

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:20pm
  31. Freedom to air TV shows? Where’d that go?

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:20pm
  32. Isn’t this just the model of tolerance? Demonizing a group of people because of the actions of a few individuals.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:21pm
  33. Cant they be sued for this, or lose a FCC license or something? C’mon peoples, lets find a way to tell them they can’t censor us!

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:22pm
  34. The omm has a man for a Souds person ? They can’t speak for themselfs or they can’t think for themselfs, anyway they are all ridiculous

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:25pm
  35. I was looking forward to that show. I don’t watch much on NBC, but did manage to catch a preview and it seemed OK. Are they just saying it’s innapropriate because there is a gay couple on it or is it too racy for the “family” hour?

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:25pm
  36. How stupid

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:30pm
  37. their loss. ppl just watch shows on other networks.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:31pm
  38. the show is g rated and no different then Modern Family on ABC. Over reacting before they even see the show.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:34pm
  39. No surprise there

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:36pm
  40. I’m more concerned about an NBC affiliate station being Mormon-owned than I am about rejection of this particular show.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:38pm
  41. What a minute why does a church who doesn’t pay taxes own a TV station? This country need to be more minded of what churches do and say as they sure seem to want to govern most of the time. How better to put you governing thoughts out then owning a TV station.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:38pm
  42. are mormons allowed to watch tv?

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2:53pm
  43. we have to keep in mind that the main problem with “religion” is MAN….seeing as churches dont pay taxes does that reach into there holdings or do they pay taxes on the companies that they own? anywho for them to keep this particular show from airing is BS..seems the only reason they are doing so is because of the gay issue…we (LGBTA) dont judge the fact that they are polygomist which if i remember corectly is illegal even in Utah…stop mixing church and state!!!

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 3:14pm
  44. I think NBC should tell them “Your hatred and homophobia is going to cost you. We’re dropping you as an affiliate as we are CERTAIN we can find some other local station to take your place!”

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 3:26pm
  45. Yeah, I don’t think any church should own a national network broadcast station. they could sensor everything, including the news. what if the station was the only station in the area?

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 3:29pm
  46. How do they get nonprofit status as a church but own commercial businesses?

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 3:50pm
  47. I am so suprised

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 3:53pm
  48. Their loss …

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 3:58pm
  49. All the closet cases who are calling for this…will watch it on HULU

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 4:02pm
  50. I don’t think any religious organizations should own a TV network, they can of course own their own radio or TV station to broadcast their services and other information. Besides that, I assume that most people who have posted here are LGBT and don’t want to be discriminated against and called nasty names. Why call the Mormons all kinds of obscene names? I am not a member, but still, that upsets me. We expect tolerance from others and yet some of us are dishing out INTOLERANCE when ever there is a chance. No one asks you to join the Mormon Church but respect the people who belong as human beings. Some people here talk such unintelligent trash. I am sure they have never taken the time to learn anything about Mormons. I happened to serve in the military with some Mormons and also worked with some Mormons later on in the private sector and they were the very nicest people you could have ever met and been around with. They don’t drink alcohol, don’t smoke and don’t drink beverages with caffeine but they dance and have fun and want to be happy just like all other people. So drop the hatred and go on with your lives.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 4:02pm
  51. This is dumb I think it’s wrong how people trying to govern the USA bc of their religion. Also they needed to stop being so ignorant and close minded when comes to lgbt community and our rights as a person of lgbt community especially when it comes to tv

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 4:03pm
  52. It is unfortunate but they are within their rights to refuse to air whatever shows they want. It is at a networks discretion which show they will air, perhaps another station will air the same show.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 4:20pm
  53. Religious groups should not be allowed to own major networks.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 4:31pm
  54. So when haven’t they been stupid?

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 4:34pm
  55. Mormons or “MORONS”??? More like Morons in this case

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 5:06pm
  56. I agree with Chris Moore

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 5:14pm
  57. NO religious group should be able to own a major network affiliate. That is so bizarre. I guess not for Utah. Terrible.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 5:49pm
  58. Can someone tell me why we need Utah? What exactly do they contribute to the country except punch lines?

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 6:16pm
  59. Government is against censorship not the church. But Utah sucks so … I’m totally watching this show now and pimping the h*ll out of it. LOL The best way to fight Mormon bigotry take up a cause for what they’re against. LOL

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 6:17pm
  60. Surprise surprise!

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 7:30pm
  61. bigots with a false religion

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 7:52pm
  62. surprise!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 12:08am
  63. UFO loving, polygamist woman hating freaks

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 4:44am
  64. gotta be kidding me….was really lookin forward to seeing this, people really need to get over the gay thing I mean like what the hell

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 3:49pm