KSL-TV, a Utah-based NBC affiliate, is refusing to air the network's new comedy series The New Normal, and the show's Tony-winning star Ellen Barkin is not pleased with the news. Co-created by Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler and starring Barkin, Tony nominee Andrew Rannells and Broadway veteran Justin Bartha, the series follows a gay couple as they hire a surrogate to have their baby. Barkin recently took to her Twitter page to blast the network, which claims the series "feels inappropriate on several dimsensions, especially during family viewing time."
"Shame on you [for] not airing The New Normal," Barkin, who plays the conservative grandmother of the surrogate, tweeted. "So [Law & Order: SVU] is ok? But [a] loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?" Barkin then went on to describe the potentially distrubing content of the long-running NBC crime show. "Anal tearing not "explicit" content? Child slavery not explicit content? But the New Normal's laughing and loving is?" Barkin also attacked the head of KSL-TV's parent company. "Who does Jeff Simpson, CEO of Bonneville, find 'offensive?' My Christian conservative [character], the gay couple or the unfertilized egg? There are Mormons who struggle with their church's stance on gay rights, among other issues. The church proved capable of change [with] polygamy. Hope?"
KSL-TV's has previously had issues with a variety of NBC series. The network does not carry Saturday Night Live, and last season refused to carry The Playboy Club, which starred Tony winner Laura Benanti. Viewers in the Salt Lake area will still be able to catch The New Normal, which will air on local station KUCW, according to Deadline.com.
The New Normal begins its run September 11. Watch a preview of the series below!