By Alyssa Goldman, EnStarz | Aug 29, 2012 10:36 AM EDT
"The New Normal", Ryan Murphy's upcoming sitcom starring "Real Housewives of Atlanta's" NeNe Leakes, has been pulled by NBC affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City.
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The new show, which is set to debut on NC on Sept. 11, is a comedy about a gay couple in Los Angeles and the woman they pick to be the surrogate mother of their child.
"After viewing the pilot episode of 'The New Normal,' we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule," said Jeff Simpson, chief executive of Bonneville International (the company that owns KSL-TV, to the Deseret News (via the LA Times). "For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time."
According to the LA Times, Bonneville International is a broadcasting company owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through the Deseret Management Corp.
But advocates of the show, including "New Normal" actress Ellen Barkin, are not keeping quiet.
On Aug. 24, Barkin tweeted, "Shame on u @kslcom not airing @NBCTheNewNormal So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?"
She later tweeted, "L&O SUV...anal tearing not "explicit" content,child slavery not 'explicit' content? But @NBCTheNewNormal,laughing & loving is?#KSLBigots"
"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," said Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation President Herndon Graddick in a statement.
KSL is known for declining to air shows including "The Playboy Club," the sexy comedy "Coupling," the animated series "God, the Devil and Bob" and "Saturday Night Live."
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