Mormon-owned NBC affiliate won’t air show about gay couple
By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press August 27, 2012 5:00PM
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. (AP Photo/NBC, Trae Patton)
Updated: August 27, 2012 5:00PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate in Utah won’t air an upcoming sitcom about a gay couple who line up a surrogate mother to have their child and invite her into their home.
Officials with KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, say the show is inappropriate for family viewing.
“The New Normal” is set to debut on NBC Sept. 11.
Bonneville CEO Jeff Simpson tells the Deseret News, also owned by the Mormon church, KSL declined to air the show due to offensive dialogue and explicit content.
KSL has previously not aired several NBC shows because the station has considered them inappropriate for their audiences. It’s passed on airing “Saturday Night Live,” for instance, which instead airs on Salt Lake City’s KUCW.