NBC is streaming on the web the
premiere episode of The New Normal, the much anticipated new
sitcom from Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
The New Normal features a gay
couple (played by Andrew Rannells
and Justin Bartha) trying to start a family and the surrogate mother
(Georgia King) who comes to their aid.
week, a Mormon-owned NBC affiliate in Utah announced it would not air
Simpson, CEO of KSL-TV parent company Bonneville International, told
Deseret News that the
show “feels inappropriate.”
cited crude dialogue and offensive characterizations as reasons
for keeping the show off its fall schedule.
In a series of
tweets to her followers, Ellen Barkin, a co-star on the show, blasted
the decision, calling it “homophobic.”
“Anyone in Utah
interested in @NBCTheNewNormal please clog up @KSL5TV feed 4 their
blatantly homophic [sic] decision 2 not air the show #KSLBigots,”
she messaged her more than 102,000 Twitter followers.
“So L&O SVU
(rape and child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is
inappropriate,” she added. “Shame on u @kslcom.”
conservative group One Million Moms has also criticized the program,
it promotes “moral decay in public airways.”
the pilot episode of the show at NBC. The series premieres