Gay Themed Sitcom Gets Pulled from Utah NBC Affilate

“The New Normal” hasn’t premiered yet and it is already causing a stir in some communities around the country. According to Salt Lake Tribune, a Utah NBC Affiliate has pulled Ryan Murphy’s new sitcom from it’s Tuesday nights lineup. KSL, which is owned by the Latter-day Saints church, refuses to air a television show showcasing the ups and downs of a gay couple raising their new child.

“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.”

KSL is no stranger to pulling questionable content off their airwaves. Last year, NBC show “The Playboy Club” didn’t get any airtime on the NBC affiliate. The show was eventually cancelled in October. In regards to “The Playboy Club,” KSL’s programming director Michelle Torsak said “Our intent is not to tell people what they can and cannot watch, but rather to share programming with our audience in accordance with our mission.”

Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, hasn’t commented on the developments yet. “The New Normal” was also under fire recently from One Million Moms who questioned the content and message the show sets to convey.

“The New Normal” premieres nationwide on Sept 11 at 8:30pm EST. Matt Jacquint, general manager of KUCW and KTVX, other affiliates in Utah, says that they WILL air the episodes on the weekends. They are just looking for a timeslot at the moment. So the folks in Utah will have a chance to catch the show, after all.

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