STAY TUNED: Is this show the 'New Normal,' or will it trigger a 'Revolution'?

BILL GREEN
In the premiere of 'The New Normal, from left, Bebe Wood, Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha and Georgia King, play the waiting game in a doctor's office for a baby who will have at least two dads.

In the premiere of "The New Normal, from left, Bebe Wood, Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha and Georgia King, play the waiting game in a doctor's office for a baby who will have at least two dads.

Fall preview: Is this show the 'New Normal,' or will it trigger a 'Revolution'?

The new fall shows are starting to trickle in and I'm like a kid in a candy shop. I recently sampled my first new series and I must say we're off to a good start.

My curiosity was piqued after I read that KLS-TV the Salt Lake, Utah, NBC affiliate had banned NBC's "The New Normal," which is from "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy.

"Normal" is about Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), a happy L.A. gay couple who decide they want a baby. While looking for surrogates, they meet Goldie (Georgia King), a single mother and waitress from Ohio who has just moved to L.A. with her 8-year-old daughter Shania (Bebe Wood).

But it's Ellen Barkin as Goldie's grandmother Jane and her offensive one-liners that stole the show. Here are some samples:

- "I thought your mother was a fibroid tumor; by the time I figured it out she had a face and I was screwed."

- "Just let me know if you're pregnant; I'd like to send a congratulations card to Satan."

- "I was blinded by gay. Those fruits are like cannibals; all they eat is fruit."

The pilot episodes have been on NBC.com for quite some time, but call me a traditionalist. I like to wait for the good old-fashioned TV broadcast.

"The New Normal" airs at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, on NBC.

Will you be watching? Does this kind of content bother you? Was the Utah affiliate right for banning the show? Drop me a line and tell me why or why not at <a href="mailto:bgreen@naplesnews.com">bgreen@naplesnews.com</a>.

Joining 'Revolution'?

Tonight (Monday) is the premiere of "Revolution." Unlike the recently canned daytime show of the same name, this show is less about food, fashion and living to your fullest potential and more a "Survivor" meets "Lost" in the good ol' U.S. of A.

In this new serial from J.J. Abrams, a family struggles to reunite after technology — all of it — blacks out forever.

People who read my column regularly may be interested to know that Billy Burke, Brenda Leigh's nemesis from the "Closer" finale, is one of the main characters in the series.

Upset at WINK

Meg writes: "U.S. Open Men's Final not being shown on CBS in Naples. DirecTV customers have no other channel options. When station contacted, said due to 'contractual obligations' they were not showing it (aka local advertisers' money during newscast). Told to watch online — not gonna happen, computer way too slow, that's why I watch on TV! They have news on 10 hours a day, they couldn't spare even the last hour of the final?"

You're right, WINK aired news at 4 p.m. instead of the beginning of the match. And you're right about why, sort of.

Greg Hardwig, the Naples Daily News sports editor, spoke to WINK's programming director Greg Stetson about the decision.

"We had contractual commitments to all of those advertisers," Stetson said. "It's political season. There were multiple contingencies (for what time CBS was going to have the men's final if it was delayed). When they said 4 o'clock (a delayed time and date), we put it on our D-2 channel."

However, the match went on for so long that it bled into CBS prime time, which is dictated by the network, so that part of the match showed up on the regular WINK spot.

MundoFOX is here

There's a new channel position in Southwest Florida, and it's the only one offering HD programming to Spanish language viewers.

Did you know that Southwest Florida is 23 percent Hispanic? Or that, as market size goes, the Fort Myers/Naples DMA is the 37th largest Hispanic TV market with 238,000 Hispanics?

The WXCW sub channel is located on Comcast channel 237 (one above TV 6) and is called MundoFOX. The channel is billed as "a traditional Spanish language broadcast network with first run entertainment programming, news and live sports."

Wegmann leaves Fox 4

On Wednesday, Fox 4 and Amy Wegmann announced Wegmann's departure as the primary co-anchor for its evening newscasts, and Emily Dishnow, who replaced Wegmann during her leave of absence, became the permanent full time co-anchor for Monday through Friday news.

Wegmann's husband is Trey Radel, Republican candidate for Congress in District 19. She has been on leave since his campaign began.

"This was a very difficult decision for me, but I want to help my husband become our next U.S. Congressman. I will miss the day-to-day news activity and the people at Fox 4," said Wegmann.

"It is a sad day at Fox 4," said Judy Kenney, vice president and general manager of Fox 4. Wegmann had been with the station since 2005.

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.

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