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Ellen Barkin: Don’t like my sitcom? Don’t watch

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Updated: October 1, 2012 5:49PM

‘If you don’t want to watch, use your remote,” says Ellen Barkin about her series “The New Normal.”

That’s the show that one NBC affiliate, Mormon church-owned KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah, is refusing to air this fall. Parent company CEO Jeff Simpson griped, “The dialogue is excessively rude and crude; the scenes are too explicit and the stereotypes are offensive on all sides.”

Barkin responds, “It’s their right to ban something. I do think it’s a form of censorship to ban a show.”

“The New Normal” revolves around a gay couple (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) having a baby through a surrogate. Barkin is the surrogate’s bigoted grandmother.

“I don’t understand why a show I happen to love like ‘Law & Order’ is in family viewing time,” Barkin says. “I hope no one is allowing a 10-year-old to watch a TV show where they use words like ‘vaginal tearing’ and ‘child slavery.’ ”

Her sitcom, she says, “is a very loving, committed show about a same-sex couple wanting to raise a child.”

Cindy Pearlman, Big Picture News Inc.

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