NBC, Trae Patton, Associated Press
This image released by NBC shows Andrew Rannells as Bryan, left, and Justin Bartha as David in a scene from "The New Normal," premiering Sept. 11, 2012 at 9:30p.m. EST on NBC. A Mormon church owned NBC affiliate in Utah has rejected "The New Normal," the sitcom about a single mother's journey through life as a surrogate for a gay couple. NBC introduced the sitcom to American audiences earlier this month in a two-minute preview during coverage of the London Olympics. "For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time," says Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL parent company Bonneville International, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I wanted to applaud KSL's decision to not pick up the NBC series "The New Normal." Much is being said about KSL being homophobic. In reality, as KSL said in its original statement, this has nothing to do with that but is about when such a show is being aired because of the language and explicit nature of the show.
My family and many I know are so grateful that the so-called family hour is being preserved in this one instance. It takes courage to stand up for families and values that are not out of touch. On the contrary, it is NBC and other stations, as well as many movie producers, that are out of touch with what families want to sit down together and watch, let alone feeling that children are safe watching on their own.
Thank you KSL for having the courage to stand up and stand out and please continue to be aware of the family demographic that you serve.