NeNe Leakes’ new NBC comedy, The New Normal, hasn’t even hit the air yet and it’s causing a stir in parts of the nation. KSL-TV in Utah has banned the show and calls it “inappropriate on several dimensions,” according to CBS.
The show follows Goldie, played by Georgia King, who acts as a surrogate for a couple in Los Angeles. Leakes plays Rocky, a supportive co-worker to one of the fathers-to-be, who often butts heads with the surrogate’s over-the-top, right-wing and anti-gay grandmother Jane, played by Ellen Barkin.
KSL-TV seems to think that plot line is too much for their viewers and don’t want it shown during their “family viewing time.”
Jeff Simpson, the CEO of the station’s parent company Bonneville International says, “From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another. The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterization might seem offensive.”
GLAAD entered the conversation and shared their views on the ban. “Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like Modern Family, Glee and Grey’s Anatomy,” read the statement. “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.”
Will you be watching The New Normal when it airs on September 11 at 9:30 p.m? Check out the series trailer below.