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Mormon-Owned Station Won't Air 'The New Normal'


KSL-TV is a Salt Lake City-based NBC affiliate, owned and operated by a company called Bonneville International. Bonneville, in turn, is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Which is why KSL-TV won't air NBC's new series The New Normal, about two gay dads, their surrogate, and their kid.

From the Salt Lake City Tribune:

"From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another," said Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International. "The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive ... For our brand, this program feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time."

Simpson, of course, doesn't explain why the show's inappropriate. Is he worried it'll be pornographic? That it'll depict religious people in a negative light? Or that it will depict gay people as people?

A competing station in Salt Lake City -- channel 30, KUCW-TV -- has announced plans to air The New Normal on weekends. In the non-Salt Lake City market, The New Normal premiers Tuesday night.

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  1. @SEAN: and don't forget the daily "wine tasting hour" on the Hoda/Kathie Lee Today Show. Alcohol is forbidden by Mormon code, yet they air a show where the hosts drink it up! When are they going to drop that show?

    Posted by: WHAT? | Aug 27, 2012 12:44:05 PM

  2. A lot of us come from christian and conservative or catholic families. I can tell you this for certain: If half of these people knew what Mormons *really* believe, Barack would already have this election in the bag. Spread the word to your families.

    Posted by: Phaerisee | Aug 27, 2012 2:52:43 PM

  3. Is the last line in the article a mistake? The phrase "premieres Tuesday night" sounds like it's this Tuesday.
    My understanding is thst The New Normal starts on Tuesday, Sept. 11th.

    Posted by: GregV | Aug 27, 2012 3:16:53 PM

  4. who has enough bricks to wall up the state. they'd like it, we'd like it. win win.

    Posted by: george | Aug 27, 2012 7:59:47 PM

  5. Freedom of speech/business. The station pays its bills, it can do what it wants. No right exists for trash to be displayed.

    Posted by: Tete | Aug 28, 2012 12:41:49 AM

  6. My problem with the New Normal is that it looks like an unfunny Modern Family. I am Mormon. I live in Utah. I like Modern Family. (and, for the record, yes, I have gay friends and family members) I will watch Modern Family (which also features "2 gay dads and their kids") because it is funny and well done... but I won't be watching New Normal on EITHER day/channel because I see it more as Old Ripoff.

    Posted by: Kipluck | Aug 29, 2012 5:51:09 PM

  7. It’s too bad that one city is choosing to be left behind the times. I see nothing wrong with making a show that sheds light on a hot topic. The New Normal has a good message and is a great comedy. One of my DISH coworkers and I were talking about our favorite shows, and she brought up The New Normal as one of her new favorites. After watching it using the PrimeTime Anytime feature on my Hopper from DISH, which records all four major networks, I could see why she likes it so much. I haven’t missed a single episode because of the feature either! I hope The New Normal continues well into the future.

    Posted by: Riley | Nov 6, 2012 3:34:40 PM

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