Mormon owned Utah TV station won't air NBC gay sitcom 'New Normal'
NBCs "The New Normal" wont air on KSL this fall. The prospect of two gay men having a baby proved too much for the LDS Church-owned station.
"From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another," said Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSLs parent company, Bonneville International. "The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive."
This marks the second consecutive year KSL is refusing to carry an NBC show. A year ago, then-KSL CEO Mark Willes said the station wouldnt air "The Playboy Club" because the KSL brand "is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand."
Tithing helps pay for ownership of this station.
KSL-TV, virtual channel 5, is an NBC-affiliated television station located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. KSL-TV is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, which is in turn owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
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Occasionally the station has decided not to air some network programs, such as the short-lived sitcom Coupling and the long-running Saturday Night Live (SNL). SNL is preempted for the local SportsBeat Saturday, a holdover from the station's CBS days (KUCW, a CW affiliate, currently airs SNL instead). As a CBS affiliate KSL-TV aired the drama Picket Fences at 11pm on Saturdays instead of 9pm on Fridays. KSL also refused to carry much of the network's poker programming such as Poker After Dark (now all canceled due to legal complications) due to ownership, Church, and viewership objections against gambling.