A new normal: Why broadcast shows are looking more like cable

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  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 14, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    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 younger viewers.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    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.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 14, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    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!

  • georgeman Kearns, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    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.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Sept. 14, 2012 7:45 a.m.


  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Sept. 13, 2012 11:50 p.m.

    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?

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Sept. 13, 2012 8:10 p.m.

    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.