“The New Normal” has been banned in Utah before it even had a chance to premier. While watching the Olympics, I was bombarded with a million commercials for NBC’s Fall lineup, and one of the new shows coming out is “The New Normal” from “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy. “The New Normal” is about a woman who offers to act as a surrogate for a gay couple wanting to have a baby. She, in turn, will receive money to go to law school to improve her life and the life of her daughter. The show also includes a Sue Sylvester-esque character who is openly bigoted and clichéd, I’m assuming to provide a caricature of how crazy bigotry can be.
I was a little surprised that a show that focuses so heavily on a gay couple was picked up by a major network, but I am so pleased. I think it’s fantastic. I do have my doubts that the show is going to last on the air. I’m worried that controversy and low viewership will force NBC to cancel the show. But I hope that I am very wrong and the show will have a good run. I think that it is a huge step in the right direction to introduce another loving gay couple to the American populace, especially coming from the point of view that it is perfectly normal.
NBC Utah affiliate KSL-TV has pulled “The New Normal” from its fall lineup, calling the series “inappropriate on several dimensions.” KSL-TV is owned by the Mormon church. Utah’s ban, though not exactly surprising, seems a little desperate to me. It feels like they are trying to shut their eyes or hide their heads in the sand and pretend that homosexuals aren’t out there. Denying reality doesn’t make it go away, it just makes you look like a fool. The ban just shows how out of touch the decision makers at KSL-TV are. These days, same-sex families are becoming an established part of American television. KSL-TV may feel like they are “protecting” their viewers, but really this sheltering attitude is too little too late. They must know that. They may be trying to stem the gay pride tide, but I believe that ultimately they are on the losing side. I hope that this show is a yet another sign that more and more people are realizing that there is no place for prejudice and ignorance in today’s society.
Here’s the thing, I want to support a show that features an alternate lifestyle, if for no other reason than to celebrate that a major network like NBC was willing to pick it up and put it on the air. Times, they are a-changin’, praise the Lord. The dictionary definition of evolution is “any process of formation or growth; development.” I certainly hope that “the New Normal” is a sign that society is growing and evolving, and not choosing to stay stuck in an archaic mindset.
“The New Normal” is set to debut on Sept. 11 on NBC at 9:30 p.m. ET.