Station is — yawn — predictably concerned by … show with gay … zzz
Predictably offended Salt Lake City Television station KSV-TV won't air the new NBC comedy "The New Normal," which features a gay couple adopting a baby.
The Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate station doesn't say what exactly it finds offensive about the show, but, yawn.
"From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another," Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, told the Salt Lake Tribune. "The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive."
The decision means "The New Normal" will now seem slightly more "edgy" to people who care about that sort of thing.
KSL also doesn't air "Saturday Night Live," and opted last season not to air "The Playboy Club," which was, unrelatedly, canceled after three episodes.
Ellen Barkin, who plays the homophobic mother of the surrogate mother for the gay couple's child, was able to muster the energy to be predictably offended that the station was predictaby offended.
"Who does Jeff Simpson CEO of Bonneville (parent co. @ksl5tv) find "offensive"… my Christian conservative (character), gay couple, or the unfertilized egg?" she asked on Twitter.
GLAAD also issued a statement.
"Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like Modern Family, Glee and Grey’s Anatomy," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "While audiences, critics and advertisers have all supported LGBT stories, KSL is demonstrating how deeply out of touch it is with the rest of the country."
Salt Lake City's CW affiliate, KUCW will air "The New Normal" instead of KSL. It also airs "Saturday Night Live" and airs sports when KSL pre-empts them to cover the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Tribune said.
Conservative group One Million Moms has previously expressed its distaste for "The New Normal." Show co-creator Ryan Murphy has said it should give the show a chance, since Barkin's character is a member of the group.