It seems that Utah’s KSL-TV is not too fond on the idea of embracing The New Normal with its audience. According to CBS News, the NBC affiliate has called the upcoming sitcom, featuring Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, “inappropriate on several dimensions.”
The show, starring Justin Bartha, Ellen Barken and Georgia King, centers around a successful gay couple from Beverly Hills who long for a child of their own. They cross paths with a single mother with a less than glamorous lifestyle who eventually becomes the their surrogate. Leakes will have a recurring role as Rocky, the secretary to one of the male characters.
Unfortunately after viewing the pilot episode, KSL-TV didn’t find the comedy appropriate for “family viewing time.”
“From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another,” said Jeff Simpson, CEO of the station’s parent company. “The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive.”
But, like clockwork, GLAAD President Herndon Graddick has stepped in to criticize the network’s decision. In a statement released earlier this week, he wrote:
“Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Glee’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ 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.”
Despite the ban, The New Normal will still air on NBC stations across the country starting Tuesday, September 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET.