For a show that hasn't premiered yet, NBC's "The New Normal" has seen its fair share of backlash.

From a Utah NBC affiliate refusing to air the show because of its subject matter to the anti-gay organization One Million Moms boycotting the series, the Ryan Murphy comedy is making headlines and causing controversy.

According to the show's star Andrew Rannells, it's more than a little ridiculous.

"The silly part is that no one has seen it," Rannells told PrideSource. "So what that boycott is based on is a two-line description of what they read this show was about and, just based on that alone, they're upset. That's disappointing because ultimately, what the show is about is how much love it takes to start a family -- and not just our family."

Murphy echoed Rannells' sentiments. "I always find it to be interesting for people to make that decision before they've even seen it," he said at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in July. "The show is about tolerance -- it's a discussion of tolerance. Actually, if they watched it, I think they would like it."

"The New Normal" centers on Bryan (Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), an LA couple hoping to have a baby via a surrogate named Goldie (Georgia King).

Ellen Barkin, who portrays Goldie's mother Jane, took to twitter to express her outrage over the Salt Lake City station's refusal to air the comedy.


Ellen Barkin
Shame on u not airing So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?


For more on "The New Normal," head over to PrideSource
and find out what all the fuss is about when the "The New Normal" premieres on Tues., Sept. 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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  • 1600 Penn

    Benjamin Stockham as Xander, Martha MacIsaac as Becca (seated), Bill Pullman as President Dale Gilchrist (seated), Amara Miller as Marigold, Josh Gad as Skip, Jenna Elfman as Emily Gilchrist (seated), Andre Holland as Marshall Malloy

  • 1600 Penn

    Amara Miller as Marigold; Jenna Elfman as First Lady Emily Gilchrist; Bill Pullman as President Dale Gilchrist; Martha MacIsaac as Becca; Josh Gad as Skip; Benjamin Stockham as Xander

  • Go On

    Allison Miller as Carrie, Khary Payton as Don, Suzy Nakamura as Yolanda, Matthew Perry as Ryan, Laura Benanti as Lauren, Julie White as Anne

  • Go On

    Matthew Perry as Ryan King

  • Revolution

    Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie, Anna Lise Phillips as Maggie , Zak Orth as Aaron

  • Revolution

    JD Pardo as Nate, Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie, Zak Orth as Aaron, Anna Lise Phillips as Maggie

  • Revolution

    Billy Burke as Miles

  • Revolution

    Anna Lise Phillips as Maggie, Graham Rogers as Danny, Tim Guiee as Ben, David Lyons as Bass Monroe, Billy Burke as Miles, Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie, Andrea Roth as Rachel, Maria Howell as Grace, JD Pardo as Nate, Zak Orth as Aaron, Giancarlo Esposito as Lt. Neville

  • The New Normal

    Ellen Barkin as Jane, Andrew Rannells as Bryan, Georgia King as Goldie, Bebe Wood as Shania, Justin Bartha as David

  • The New Normal

    Bebe Wood as Shania; Andrew Rannells as Bryan; Justin Bartha as David; Georgia King as Goldie

  • The New Normal

    Andrew Rannells as Bryan, Ellen Barkin as Jane, Nene Leakes as Rocky

  • Save Me

    Anne Heche as Beth

  • Save Me

    Anne Heche as Beth Waring

  • Save Me

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  • Deception

    Meagan Good as Joanna Locasto

  • Deception

    Meagan Good as Joanna Locasto

  • Deception

    Meagan Good as Joanna Locasto, Victor Garber as Robert Bowers

  • Deception

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  • Guys With Kids

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  • Guys With Kids

    Anthony Anderson as Gary, Jesse Bradford as Chris, Zach Cregger as Nick

  • Guys With Kids

    Jamie Lynn Sigler as Emily, Zach Cregger as Nick, Tempestt Bledsoe as Marny, Anthony Anderson as Gary, Sara Rue as Sheila, Jesse Bradford as Chris

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