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GLAAD Slams Utah Station for Not Broadcasting NBC's 'New Normal'

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"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,” the group's president says.

GLAAD is criticizing a Utah NBC affiliate’s decision not to broadcast The New Normal this fall.

Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler's new comedy, which tells the story of a single mother who becomes a surrogate for a same-sex couple, was deemed “inappropriate” by Salt Lake City-based KSL-TV.

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"Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like Modern Family, Glee and Grey’s Anatomy," GLAAD president Herndon Graddick said in a 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."

Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL parent company Bonneville International, revealed Friday the station planned not to air New Normal, citing crude language and offensive characterizations. The same station decided not to air NBC drama The Playboy Club last fall.

“After viewing the pilot episode of The New Normal, we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule," Simpson said. "For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”

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Graddick suggested that a meeting between Simpson and local LGBT families might change the CEO’s opinion.

“We know that if he would, he would see that not only are our families normal, but by citing 'crude and rude' content and refusing to affirm LGBT families, KSL and Mr. Simpson are sending a dangerous message to Utah,” Graddick said. “They should make that right."

New Normal previously came under fire from the conservative group One Million Moms, which called for a boycott last month. Castmember Ellen Barkin took to Twitter Friday to shore up support for the show being broadcast on KLS.

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"Anyone in Utah interested in @NBCTheNewNormal please clog up @ksl5tv feed 4 their blatantly homophic decision 2 not air the show #KSLBigots," she wrote. She also 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?"

But Simpson has argued that in the age of digital distribution, anyone who wants to view New Normal will be able to do so online or through means other than KLS.