I do not watch a lot of television - but I did watch the premiere and first
episode of "The New Normal" online - and I found it very entertaining
and humorous....but I can see why there would be some hesitation in
airing it during Prime Time.The comments by the grandmother are
really no worse than the comments made back in the day by Archie Bunker and they
serve the same purpose - they highlight the absurdity of the stereotypes and
bigotry espoused by so many. The reason they are more risque than Archie's
comments is because so much of the bigotry towards gays is focused on their
homosexuality and the remarks reflect this in their sexual nature. And
everything she said, is said very frequently in public by many, many people.Then of course there is the theme of the cheating husband in the
heterosexual couple, the woman who talks about her misspent youth, and the
general theme of surrogacy and how a gay couple has a child.The
first episode was no where near as risque as the pilot episode, but still had
those underlying themes.I can see why it may be inappropriate for
It's a bit hypocritical for KSL to refuse to air one show because it's
"too edgy" when 90% of the other shows THEY air are just as edgy.
I appreciate the commercials for this show depicting it (perhaps
unintentionally) as utter garbage. Makes it easy to decide not to watch it.
Thanks NBC for your honesty in advertising!
The New Normal is a fitting title for this series. It seems like the new normal
in the world is becomming more and more distateful, disgusting, and
disrespectful. We have elminiated TV in our home and the new normal at my house
now is playing outside, learning new musical instruments, and taking walks or
bike rides. What a refreshing way of life, and we don't even miss the TV.
It's all about de-sensitizing the masses. Think about this, when I was a
wee lad in the 70's shows like MASH and All in the Family were considered
edgy. Recently, I was watching some re-runs of MASH and actually chuckled at
them for being rather "vanilla" I told my older kids about how when
Hawkeye used the term SOB (spoken at length of course) there was an uproar back
in the day, but now it's rather light compared to what we've gotten
used to. George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words are being used now, mostly on
cable shows, but I've noticed some of them creep into Network Primetime now
and then. Before long it will just be "normal" to hear them. I remember
when NYPD Blue showed the first female nudity on primetime TV, most people were
stunned back then, now it's becoming "normal" Today, many of the
husband figures on tv make Archie Bunker look pretty tame in comparison. Normal?
What is that?
I don't even live in Utah but I am reassured and thankful that KSL chose
not to air this show. I hope other NBC affiliates will follow their example.